Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

The Lord Jesus will not knock down your heart’s door….

Revelation 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come into him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.”

What is “sup” here?

It is fellowship……..the Creator with His creature, the Lord with His disciple, the Master with His servant.

But there is no real fellowship, if there is not an open door to our lives.

Fellowship means shared conversation….as with a partner, or companion who is traveling with you.

To sit before Jesus and hear His parables would be amazing….

To sit at Jesus feet, and listen to Him is wonderful…..

But to sit with Jesus in conversation, and life…..is “sup”…..for we are opening up ourselves and our life to Him, in everything.

A life open to and receptive to Him.

The Lord will not knock down the door to our hearts, and come in….

….nor will He force us into a fellowship that we do not desire;

All this rest with our “want to”…..do we want to have shared conversations with Christ Jesus, our Lord,…….about everything?

You will never have the love relationship that He wants for us, until the Holy Spirit has created within you this “want to”.

Luke 19:1 “And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho,”

Notice that Jesus was just passing through…..He was not staying, or even preaching….He was passing through.

He had just healed the blind man, at the outskirts of Jericho (Luke 18:41-43)…..

….and He was headed to Jerusalem (Luke 18:31).

Jesus was in His last weeks, before He was to be crucified…..He was going to Jerusalem…..

…but all along the way….He saves…..all who “want to”

Luke 19:2-4 “And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.

And he sought to see Jesus who He was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.

And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him: for he was to pass that way.”

Here was “want to”……for Zacchaeus does everything he can to see Jesus.

Notice the verse says, “….he sought to see Jesus who He was…”

Jesus’ fame had spread all over the land….and Zacchaeus wanted to know what real godly goodness and power looked like.

Zacchaeus was a publican…..a tax collector….who made himself rich from the taxes he collected for Rome, from his own people.

Tax collectors were hated,…..I probably would have felt the same way about someone who was acting for the those that oppressed the people….and Zacchaeus was “chief” among them.

But Zacchaeus had a longing…..which turned into opportunity, when Jesus came through his city.

So with as much diligence and effort as this little man had,…

…….he climbed up into a tree so that he might see this man that was suppose to be the Messiah, the Son of God….

….and then something unexpected happened…

Luke 19:5. “And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.”

What!?

Here is an invitation to “sup”……to fellowship with Jesus….in Zacchaeus own house…

Why?

Jesus was passing through….yet stayed because Zacchaeus wanted to see……and know Him.

(He will do the same with anyone who wants to fellowship with Him…..He will stay and “abide”….another term of fellowship and partnership.)

Jesus’ invitation given…..there are two distinct reactions:

Joy for Zacchaeus……”he made haste and came down and received Him joyfully”

Murmuring for the people who saw…….”He is gone to be a guest with a man that is a sinner.”

They were following their leaders attitude….even after all the miracles and Words from the Lord Jesus….they still murmured when mercy was shown someone they considered unworthy…

Jesus had explained, at the beginning of His ministry to the Pharisees…..

“They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.

But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Matthew 9:11-13)

That is why Jesus Christ came to earth…..to save sinners…..for He will save all who will come to Him.

Zacchaeus had….”put himself in the way of righteousness”

Luke 19:8-10 “And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord;

Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor;

and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.

And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.

For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

Under the law, if a man defrauded another Israelite, they would have to restore the value of what was taken,….plus a fifth part of the value…..

……but Zacchaeus restored…..not according to law….

….but according to his love for his Savior….”fourfold”.

Jesus continued on to Jerusalem….

Luke 19:28 “And when He had thus spoken, He went before, ascending up to Jerusalem.”

There He would come in to praises and shouts of…..”Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord…” (Matthew 21:9)

And a week later….He would be given a cross…..to shouts of…..”Crucify Him, crucify Him.” (Luke 23:21)…..

He came to “knock and speak” to His people……and now He “knocks and speaks” to His Church….

…but…He will not knock our heart’s door down.

He offers fellowship….have we heard Him….do we have this longing…this “want to”…..to know Him in this way?

We must always keep in mind, Who it is, that is speaking to us…..and what He is able to do….

Will we answer His call to “abide” with Him in our house….joyfully?……to “sup” with Him continually in our lives?

How much we need this of Christ Jesus….will we open the door to our lives….as we opened the door to our hearts…..and have that fellowship?

‘A life open to and receptive to Him.

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