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Tea for Zacchaeus


Jesus is never too busy to spend time with each one of us.

Bible Text:

Luke 19:1-10.

Age Group:

Preschool to Grade 2.


Zacchaeus, you come down!

I Love Money!

Zacchaeus was a tax collector who loved collecting money from people.   He was supposed to give all the money to the king, but he was wicked and always kept as much as he could for himself!  And so he got very rich and this made the people very unhappy and they hated Zacchaeus as a result.

I think you would also be upset if someone took all your pocket money and kept it for themselves? (Let the children respond).

The Teacher's Coming!

One day Jesus came to the town where Zacchaeus lived.  Everyone was very excited and went out to meet Jesus on the road where He would pass by.  They were anxious to see and hear this famous teacher.

Zacchaeus also heard that Jesus was coming, and so he importantly followed the crowd as they streamed past his house.  As usual people probably sneered at him and children stuck their tongues out and yelled, "Thief, Thief, Tax Thief!"  But Zacchaeus paid no attention, because he was keen to see this Jesus he had heard so much about.

Too Short!

Zacchaeus came to the road and looked for a good place to stand.  There were people everywhere.  To his dismay he found himself at the back of the crowd.  He could not see!  He was too short!  He tried to push his way to the front, but a big man shouted, "None of that little man, we got here first!"  He tried jumping up and down, but that was no good.  He still could see nothing!

The people started to cheer and Zacchaeus ran up and down the street, trying to find an opening where he could see.  The cheering was coming closer.  Everybody was standing in front of him and nobody would let him through to see Jesus!

What should he do? (Let the children respond).

Climb a Tree!

Just then Zacchaeus saw a tall tree nearby.  "Ha!" he thought, "This will do the trick!"  He ran and climbed up to a high branch where he could see over all the people.  He went so fast that the people below him thought he was a monkey.  Can you climb trees like that? (Let the children respond).

It was a perfect place to watch for the Teacher.  Zacchaeus saw Jesus coming and saw that He would pass by right under his tree!  "Wow!  I have the best spot to see Him," he chuckled, "Not like those silly people below me!"  When Jesus came up to the tree, He stopped and looked up at Zacchaeus.

"Come on down, Zacchaeus," called Jesus, "I want to come to your house and spend some time with you."  Zacchaeus was astonished.  He pointed to himself and asked, "Who me?  You can't mean me Lord?"  But yes, Jesus did mean him, and He stood there smiling and waiting for Zacchaeus to climb down the tree.

I'm Coming to Tea!

Zacchaeus slid down the tree as fast as he could, scattering leaves and branches all over the people below.  "Hey, what do you think you're doing?" shouted one.  "Watch it, little man, that branch nearly knocked me down!" yelled another.  But Zacchaeus never heard them.  Just to think of it, the Master was coming to his house, and today of all days!  This was far better than he had ever imagined!

Come on Zacchaeus," said Jesus, "I want to have tea with you."  All the people were shocked and asked, "How can Jesus go to the house of such a big sinner?"  Zacchaeus was also surprised and saw people staring at him, and so he quickly led Jesus to his house.

Jesus Really Cares!

That day Zacchaeus got to know Jesus.  "Look, Lord", he said, "I am going to give half my goods to the poor.  And if I have cheated anyone, I will repay him four times more than I took from him."  Jesus was very pleased because He knew Zacchaeus really going to do what he said.

Jesus went out of His way to meet with Zacchaeus, but He could have just spoken to him while he was in the tree.  But not our wonderful Lord, He chose to go out of His way to spend time with Zacchaeus, so that he could give his life to God.

Getting to Know Jesus:

If you spend time getting to know other children, it will help you to become friends with them.  Jesus is the same and wants to be your Friend as well.  He is never too busy to spend time with you, because He cares and watches over you all the time.

I hope you are going to be like Zacchaeus and ask Jesus to be your Best Friend, and make you into one of God's children.

God bless!


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