And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. 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 sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. 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. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. 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.
TITLE: COULD NOT, FOR THE PRESS
“And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press,”
Mark 2:4 (KJV)
4 And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press…
Ochlos (okh’-los) – the rabble; a riot, chaos, humanity, people, press.
2 Corinthians 2:11 (KJV)
11 … for we are not ignorant of his devices.
At my right hand the rabble arises; They push away my feet, And they raise against me their ways of destruction.
Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.
And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.
Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.
I. SHE HAD TO LOWER HERSELF TO GET WHERE SHE DIDN’T BELONG
II. HE HAD TO CHANGE HIS POINT OF VIEW
III. OFTEN, WE NEED HELP TO GET PASS THE PRESS
IV. JAIRUS HAD TO WANT THE TOUCH MORE THAN HE WANTED TO KEEP HIS IMAGE
V. ALL OF THEM HAD TO SILENCE THE VOICE OF DOUBT