Soon, Jesus passed through Jericho, Zacchaeus, the chief tax collector, who was a very wealthy man lived there and he was among the crowd and the crowd was trying to catch sight of Jesus. (As I read the story it sounds to me that Zacchaeus was not just a tax collector, but taking extra money from the people to fill his own pocket.)
You can imagine if you have worked hard and you are trying to save money and someone comes and takes what you have worked so hard for, how would you feel if it happened to you?
God teaches us that He loves us even when we sin, so we must also remember, like Jesus, to love those that are sinners. It is only through Jesus Christ that we can be changed and become new.
People around Zacchaeus did not like him, because he robbed his neighbors. Zacchaeus was among the crowd trying to see Jesus because he heard the stories that went around.
Zacchaeus was quite short and couldn't see over the heads of the crowd, so, he decided to run ahead and climb a tree to get a better view. (You can just imagine the determination of this man climbing a big tree, it could not have been easy to climb because his legs were short.)
When Jesus passed by, He saw Zacchaeus in the tree, (In my imagination I see Jesus looking up at Zacchaeus with compassion and love, with a big smile on His face. He knew it took a lot for Zacchaeus to climb that tree.)
Jesus said to Zacchaeus, ”Come down, I wish to stay at your house today.” People were shocked! Some of the people who were there were complaining that Jesus was going to the house of a tax collector…a sinner. How could Jesus mix with people like that? But meeting Jesus changed Zacchaeus.
Zacchaeus offered to give half of his money to the poor and to repay four times as much to those from whom he had stolen.
Jesus turned to the crowd and said, “The Son of Man seeks and saves that which is lost.”
Q. What work did Zacchaeus do as a job?
A. A tax collector.
Q. Did people like Zacchaeus?
A. No, they did not.
Q. Why did the people not like Zacchaeus?
A. He stole from the people.
Q. Did Zacchaeus become a changed man after meeting Jesus?
A. Yes, he did.
With each Sunday school lesson, I try to give the kids special verses, activities and pictures to color in. Below you will find the download links for the special verse of the day and more.
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I drew these pictures so that you could add your own verses to them for the day.
Color the edgings with marker pens and a little bit of glitter. You can hand them out to the children to take home as bible verses for the day, even better if each child has a separate book, they can paste it into their own book.
How to Apply Wording in White Space of Picture.1) On adobe reader, select sign.2) Select add text.3) Type in verse or wording.4) Select file and save as.
You will need Adobe Reader (the latest version is recommended) installed on your computer in order to open the pdf images. You can download Adobe Reader here (a new window will open so you can download it without leaving this page).
If you want to open the file in your browser window, just click on the link (not all browsers have this feature). However, if you want to download the file to view later, then right-click on the link and choose "Save Target As" or "Save File As." Then select where you want to save the file on your hard drive.
Once you have saved the file, locate where you saved it, and double click to open it.
In order to print, open the downloaded file, and select the "Print" option from the e-book menu.
He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd.
But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”
Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.
Jesus loves all sinners. It is the sin that he hates. He teaches us that through His word we must love the unsaved and teach the sinners that the cross is the only way.
Asking God for forgiveness and repenting of our sins and acknowledging Him as the Lord of our lives. And living our lives beyond the cross, because Jesus has already paid the price for our sins and for all of mankind.
Have a discussion with your children about sin and see what comes up.
Telling a lie, taking something that is not yours, being rude to a teacher, a parent or a friend, scratching on somebody's car on purpose, there are many sins to be discussed.
Teachers, let the children repeat this prayer after you. – Sinners prayer.
Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I know that I am a sinner and could never earn your love, but I believe You took my place on the cross, to make it possible for me to know You.
As I come to you, I thank you for dying to take away my sin. I am sorry for my sins and ask You, to help me to repent.
Forgive me and save me. I trust You right now to make my heart clean. I put my life in Your hands. Making You my Lord and Savior. Thank You for your love and mercy. I love you Jesus. Amen
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Dear Sunday school partners, all around the world. Please refer to your Bible and compare to see if you agree with our children Sunday school lessons.
The stories are not word for word out of the Bible, they are created from my own thoughts. I am only human, so please check the stories out first before using them.
These stories are based on easy words for children to understand, and my own thoughts. You are welcome to use your Bible to add or take away. At the bottom, there is space for you to give input and comments on the subjects. You are all welcome. We are there to make a difference in a child’s life so please come and let us work together for God’s kingdom.