Luke 19:1-10 OUT ON A LIMB
Intro: Ill. The expression, "Out on a limb", is used to convey the idea of a leap of faith. It refers to people
who are willing to risk it all on what they believe to be right. The Bible gives three examples of men who
were literally out on a limb. They wound up out on a limb because of the path they chose to walk. I would
like to share with you the stories of these man and their lives, and as I do, please take a look at yourself
and see where you stand today. Let's look together at the subject, Out On A Limb.
I. 2 Sam. 18:9-15 ABSALOM - REAPING WHAT HE HAD SOWED
A. He Squandered His Blessings - Ill. God had smiled on his life! (Ill.
Handsome, popular, beloved of his father (Ill. 2 Sam. 18:33), noted for his beautiful, flowing
hair, (Ill. 2 Sam. 14:25-26) may indicate a spirit of vanity and pride! (Ill. A portrait of the Christian
who walks out of fellowship with the Father!) Ill. It is possible to be saved and not be right with God!
It is called backsliding! (Ill. The squandered blessings of the wayward child of God!)
B. He Squandered His Privileges - Ill. Absalom and his privileges. He was the third son of David
and Maacah, he was a royal descendent twice over, he was potential heir to the throne. (Ill. The
wasted privileges of the wayward Christian - prayer, praise, peace, closeness to the Father, etc.)
C. He Squandered His Birthright - Ill. Could have been king some day! The Christian has the potential
to become great in the kingdom of Heaven, but not by living outside the boundaries that God has laid
down. (Ill. Wasted potential among the church of God - Ill. 1 Tim. 1:19-20.) (Ill. Might have been's -
1 Cor. 9:27.) (Ill. Held to a higher standard.) (Ill. Don't want to be a "has been")
II. Matt. 27:3-5 JUDAS - REJECTING FOREVER THE SON OF GOD
A. He Rejected The Call Of God - Ill. Judas was there when Jesus said "Come," Matt. 11:28. He was
there when Jesus raised Lazarus, John 11:43-44. He was there when Jesus walked on the water,
Matt. 14:25. Yet, he was able to reject the Gospel message. (Ill. Sinners today! We should not be
B. He Rejected the Command Of God - Jesus' words had been preached around Judas for three years,
Ill. John 3:16, John 6:47, John 5:24, etc. Yet Judas said no! Ill. Outside Jesus, there can be no
salvation - Acts 4:12!
C. He Rejected The Christ Of God - When Judas turned his back on Jesus, he was closing the door on
his own soul! (Ill. He hoped to profit by the silver, but without Christ, he had nothing - Matt. 26:15,
Mark 8:36-37.) Ill. When the sinner walks away from the Gospel, he isn't rejecting the messenger, but
the Christ of the message!
III. Luke 19:1-10 ZACCHAEUS - RECEIVING THE SAVIOR
A. A Desire To See Christ - Ill. There was a longing to see Jesus. When a person begins to follow that
light that God gives, he will be led to the Lamb - John 1:9. (Ill. The lengths he went through just to
see Jesus! Jesus is worth whatever it takes for you to see Him!)
B. A Direct Call From Christ - Ill. This is how it works. Ill. John 6:44. Jesus calls and the sinners
responds by faith. This is how salvation comes to all men! (Ill. The glory of being called by
Almighty God! What grace! What a privilege!)
C. A Drastically Changed Life - Ill. Zacchaeus was always willing to cheap to get more, but when he
met Jesus, he was forever changed! Ill. There is probably no greater assurance that a man can
have, than the knowledge that he once lived a life of sin and has been changed by the power of
Almighty God! (Ill. 2 Cor. 5:17; Ill. Eze. 36:26; Matt. 12:33) (**Ill. Gal. 6:15; John 3:3) (Ill. Placing
one's faith in Jesus is anything but a blind leap. We have the Father's eternal, infallible Word that
whosoever will can come and be forever saved and changed.)
Conc: Where are you tonight? Which limb are you out on? Are you out of fellowship with the Father?
Like Judas, are you in danger of rejecting Christ and being forever lost? Or, like Zacchaeus, have you
seen the extent of you own limitations and trusted Jesus Christ as the provision for your soul? Where
are you tonight?