If you want to get the gist of who Jesus is, you have to look at a whole number of encounters Jesus had with individuals. The gospels are filled with encounters Jesus has with all sorts of people: with the powerful person, with the powerless person, with a man, with a woman, with a Jew, and with a Gentile.
In Luke 19, we get to a guy named Zacchaeus, and we’re told two things about him: that he’s a chief tax collector and he’s wealthy.
This teaches us two different and important things: 1) anyone can approach Jesus, but 2) money is always an issue when coming to Jesus.
This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on January 19, 1997. Series: The Real Jesus, Part 2: His Life. Scripture: Luke 19:1-10.
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