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Who Is Your Savior?


Who is your Savior? 

It is it yourself?
Your spouse?
Your parents? 
Your Friends? 

Or is it God?


Whether you are a believer or not, all of our lives have been destroyed by sin in one way or another.  

No matter what our background looks like, when times get hard, we seek a Savior.

We seek a rescuer, we seek a safe haven, we seek a way out of the wrongs we have created or fallen into.

Unbelievers may not have a moral conscience with their sin, but somewhere deep down inside, they know what they are doing is wrong and wish to have a way to find more peace, have healthier relationships, break an addiction, and the list goes on. 

Easter is upon us which gives Believers an opportunity to share with unbelievers that God is ALWAYS seeking us, no matter what our lives look like.

He is seeking the proud. 
He is seeking the enemy. 
He is seeking the lonely. 
He is seeking the wealthy. 
He is seeking the shame-filled. 
He is seeking the angry. 
He is seeking the broken. 
He is seeking the hurt.
He is seeking the rejected.
He is seeking the needy.
He is seeking those who are doing well. 
He is seeking the messy. 
He is seeking the lost. 

He is seeking all of us. 

In Luke 19, God introduces us to a man named Zaccheus of Jericho.  

Zaccheus was quite literally a teeny man, but he was full of wealth and power.  

He was both despised and envied by those in the community.

As the chief tax collector, he had everything that money could buy, but most of what he had was made in the form of fraud of others, therefore he was despised.

But to others, how he got his wealth and power didn't matter.  People wanted to be him, be close to him, run with his crowd.

Zaccheus had everything he ever wanted--he needed absolutely nothing in his life. 

From the outside, Zaccheus had no need for a Savior.  

No need to be rescued.  He could get himself out of any situation, buy himself whatever he needed.  

He was living a King's life. 

Pause for a minute.  Are we not completely surrounded by a world of Zaccheus's? Much like in his life, present day people are drawn to those who are wealthy regardless of his or her lack of ethics because to many, money equals happiness.  

But it is not wealth that is your Savior, it is God and He sent His son to get OUR attention.  

And Zaccheus is the perfect example of Jesus seeking the enemy, seeking the proud, seeking the evil, all to bring us into the light.  

During Jesus's ministry, he traveled through Jericho and was met with a large crowd.  Zaccheus had heard about this man named Jesus coming to down and although he didn't believe in Jesus or his miracles, he was very interested in what this man was all about.  Maybe it was because this man had something, the one thing, that Zaccheus never could. 

The problem was, Zaccheus was unable to see Jesus as he walked the street of Jericho because Zaccheus was teeny.  Since h couldn't catch a glimpse of Jesus from the ground, he did something that men of his kind of wealth NEVER did--he ran and climbed in a tree to get a better view of Jesus, hoping to never be caught by anyone.  So there he was, crouched in between the leaves, disguising himself the best he could, just so he could see Jesus, a man he didn't even believe in.  

As Jesus has Jericho route, he passed the Sycamore tree that Zaccheus had climbed himself in.  Suddenly, Jesus stopped, looked straight up and called Zaccheus by his name, requesting that he come out of the tree to meet Him.  

When Zaccheus reached Jesus, he was shocked to hear Jesus inviting himself into his home to stay for the night.  

A sinner.  A fraud.  A despised man.  

Why would Jesus want to stay with him

When Jesus got to Zaccheus's home and continued his ministry, Zaccheus not only fell on his face before Jesus and repented of his sin, but he also paid retribution to all of those he had harmed, FOUR times what they were owed and gave away half of his capital.  

On the spot, a complete unbeliever, happy with everything he had in the world, Zaccheaus obediently responded to Jesus with inexplicable joy.  

When the crowd found out, they were full of grumbling, wondering why this despised man who had it all needed to be saved.  

There is a great lesson for us all to learn from Zaccheus.

THE SON OF MAN SEEKS OUT ALL OF US TO BE SAVED THROUGH DIVINE APPOINTMENT, SOVEREIGNTY, AND GRACE. 

It doesn't matter if you are despised and rejected.
It doesn't matter if you are rich or poor, healthy or sick.
It doesn't matter if you are an addict, a prostitute, deceiver and manipulator.
It doesn't matter if you have a do-good soul who gives your shirt off your back.
It doesn't matter if you internally struggle with self-control, anger, selfishness, inner demons.

Your mistakes and your success do not matter.

What matters is that, like Zaccheus, you respond to the call of Jesus with repentance and belief. 

Zaccheus had NOTHING to gain by following Jesus; in fact, he had everything to lose.

But that is the point:  Christian faith at it's center involves a DIVINE change in heart.  

It's a new beginning where the sinner actively tries to chose obedience and light instead of sin and darkness.

Even good people and do-gooders who seem to be good people are nothing without Christ.

It is one of the hardest realities of my faith to accept that just because someone is a GOOD person, without Christ, they will spend an eternity in hell.  I want so badly not to believe it, but that would be believing a gravely false doctrine.

Our TRUE repentance of our sin is acknowledging what we've done and working hard within ourselves to remove that sin.

When God changes our heart, AND WE FREELY ALLOW HIM TOO without any objections, there is a natural feeling within to rid our hearts and lives of that sin.  

Genuine repentance will bring forth change. 

True followers change at the VERY CORE as Zaccheus did.

They show the willingness and desire to change and offer restitution for their wrong doing.  

The story of Zaccheus illustrates what Jesus's death was meant to accomplish and how lost individuals are found.  Zaccheus chose to follow and believe in Jesus, some chose otherwise (Romans 6:23, For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord), but all are sought.   

Zaccheus's story can do one of two things:  it can be a story where those true Christians can see their testimony intertwined similarly to Zaccheus or it can be a story where those unbelievers, or believe and go to church weekly but show no true heart change and repentance of their sin, see the need for change and rescuing.

Your money, your success, your brokenness, your everything is no replacement for the love and grace of God.

True peace comes from Him, not within your unsaved self.

The Son of Man came to rescue YOU.

Are you allowing him to do so or are you looking to everyone else for your salvation? 








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