Information about all events listed can be
found at www.orlandowoc.org or on the
church app. The location for each event is
the church, unless otherwise noted.
● March 9: Girl Talk @ 7pm.
● March 16: Night of Prayer and Worship
● March 18: Membership Class @ 8am.
● March 23: BeMen Gathering @ 7pm.
● March 24: Spirit-Filled Saturday @ 9am.
● March 25: Water Baptism - If you’re
interested in being water baptized, please
see your Life Group leader.
● Have you ever been the center of attention
at a moment when you weren’t expecting it?
How did you feel in that moment?
● Talk about a time when you felt unseen in a
crowd of people.
● If you were at church, what idea stood out to
you from Sunday’s message?
1 He entered Jericho and was passing through.
2 And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus.
He was a chief tax collector and was rich.
3 And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on
account of the crowd he could not, because he
was small in stature.
4 So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a
sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to
pass that way.
5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up
and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come
down, for I must stay at your house today.”
6 So he hurried and came down and received him
7 And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He
has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.”
8 And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold,
Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I
have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it
9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to
this house, since he also is a son of Abraham.
10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the
Luke 19:1-10 (ESV)
Zaccheus wasn’t just a short man from the Bible who
climbed up a tree - giving all little boys a Biblical
excuse for climbing trees - his story is so much greater.
He was a sinner and an outcast who was so curious
about this Jesus that he risked public ridicule just to
get a peek of the Man from Galilee. Little did Zaccheus
know that going up the tree as a sinner, he would come
down receiving the one man who would forever alter his
life by offering him salvation.
Today we’re going to look at the three types of people in
the story of Zaccheus and how each played a role in this
story of redemption.
● Luke 19:3 -3 And he was seeking to see who Jesus was...
The name Zaccheus means pure, clean, or innocent -
without contamination; being wholly according to purpose.
His parents, much like many of ours, would have named him
according to the way they wished his life to go. But, Zaccheus
had fallen far from his name sake - his intended purpose. He
was seen as a sinner, a cohort of the Roman oppressors, and
an enemy of his own people. Yet, Jesus saw beyond what
everyone else could see and restored Zaccheus to Himself.
● What originally made you curious about Jesus?
● What would make someone like Zaccheus curious
2. The Crowd
● Luke 19:3 -
3 ...but on account of the crowd he could not, because
he was small in stature.
● Luke 19:7 -
7 And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone
in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.”
Imagine you’re at the concert of a Top 10 artist and the
crowds are huge. Every person there is trying to get a good
photo, or even a autograph from this artist...they’re all
focused on their own thing. So was the crowd when Jesus
came through. People came out by the masses to get from
Him what they could - each with their own need and each
not concerned about the next.
Then add to it that the crowd knows you and you have a
bad reputation. You’re seen as an outsider. So even if they
noticed your inability to see the celebrity, they don’t care.
Fend for yourself! That’s how the crowd felt about Zaccheus.
As a chief tax collector he was despised by his fellow Jews.
● What do you think would cause the crowd to overlook
● What causes you to overlook the Zaccheus’ in your life?
● Have you ever experienced the church or other Christians
treating you as a Zaccheus? Explain.
● Luke 19:5 -
5...And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and
said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must
stay at your house today.”
● Luke 19:9-10 -
9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this
house, since he also is a son of Abraham.
10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
Here we find Jesus and His disciples on their way from
Jericho to Jerusalem. As He’s walking through the crowd,
Jesus looks up and addresses Zaccheus. Keep in mind, they
had never met, yet Jesus called him by name! What an
amazing moment for this man who was looked over in every
other social setting. Jesus brought salvation to Zaccheus. He
was seeking Zaccheus the same way He seeks for each of us.
Jesus broke cultural norms by inviting Himself, on the spot,
to Zaccheus’ house. On top of that, He was bringing additional
guests! If that wasn’t enough, society looked at Zaccheus as a
sinner, and for Jesus to go to his house, it made Him unclean.
Still, Jesus’ love for the lost and His divine mission to see them
saved, outweighed the cultural norms of the day.
● What cultural norms are you willing to cross in order to
reach the lost?
1. Of the three examples given above, which do you
most closely relate to? Why?
2. Do you see areas in your life that need to change
based on your previous answer?
3. How will you apply this lesson to your life?