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Session 19

Jesus wants you as you are

Read: Luke 19

Zacchaeus, the hated tax collector, wanted to see Jesus but couldn't see over the crowd. So, he climbed up in a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus. Jesus sees Zacchaeus and invites Himself over for dinner.

Zacchaeus went to great lengths to see Jesus. Maybe he heard of Jesus' miracles or maybe he heard the commotion in town and wanted to see what the fuss was about. Whatever his reason, this short little man went to the trouble of climbing high in a sycamore tree to see Jesus. Whether out of simple curiosity or skepticism he pursued the Lord and made himself available. The Bible says that when we seek the Lord with all our heart, we will find him (Jeremiah 29:13).

When Zacchaeus met Jesus, he could not stay the same. Regardless of Zacchaeus' sinful lifestyle and the baggage attached, Jesus called out to Zacchaeus and claimed him as His own. A perfect Lord was ready to accept an imperfect man. The choice was then up to Zacchaeus. Should he act and come down, or stay in the tree and remain in bondage? Zacchaeus opened his heart and jumped down, running towards Jesus' open, accepting arms.

Maybe you're questioning this thing called Christianity right now. Perhaps you're skeptical or simply curious. You're watching from a distance trying to understand what Jesus is all about. He's there; ready to have an active, intimate relationship with you. Don't watch from a distance but jump and run towards Him. He will no doubt accept you with open arms!

“Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:9-10).”

Reflection:

  • Was there ever a time in your life when you made the decision to follow Jesus?
  • If yes, how has that decision changed your day-to-day life?
  • If no, what is holding you back? We'd love to talk with you today about working through that decision!

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You are never too weak to make a difference

You are never too weak to make a difference

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Obedience isn’t always easy

Obedience isn’t always easy

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3

Where your family tree begins matters more than where it ends

Where your family tree begins matters more than where it ends

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The most powerful speaker to ever live

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What it means to be made new

What it means to be made new

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Following Jesus doesn’t always make friends

Following Jesus doesn’t always make friends

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What do you think you’re entitled to?

What do you think you’re entitled to?

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What do your actions say about who you are?

What do your actions say about who you are?

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Who do you say Jesus is?

Who do you say Jesus is?

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Busyness can cost you the best part of living

Busyness can cost you the best part of living

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What Jesus says about how to pray

What Jesus says about how to pray

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Why you don’t have to worry

Why you don’t have to worry

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13

How to not be fake in your faith

How to not be fake in your faith

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Who is in charge of your life?

Who is in charge of your life?

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Where to turn when you feel lost

Where to turn when you feel lost

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How to make investments that last

How to make investments that last

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Instead of being quick to blame, be quick to thank

Instead of being quick to blame, be quick to thank

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How to know what you worship

How to know what you worship

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Jesus wants you as you are

Jesus wants you as you are

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20

What will relationships be like in heaven?

What will relationships be like in heaven?

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What does Jesus want from me?

What does Jesus want from me?

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How to be the greatest

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Why should I forgive?

Why should I forgive?

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Jesus meets us where we are

Jesus meets us where we are

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