February 3, 2013: Luke 19:1-10, Read for Older Children





At that time, Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. And there was a man named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector, and rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not, on account of the crowd, because he was small of stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Jesus, for he was to pass that way.
And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” So he made haste and came down, and received him joyfully.
And when they saw it they all murmured, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.”
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 fourfold.”
And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost.”

1. What part of this story do you like the most? What part of this story do you identify with?
2. Why do you like this part of the story?
3. Why do you think the people in this part of the story do what they do or say what they say?
4. What do the people in this part of the story hope will happen as a result of their actions or words?
5. What does this part of the story tell us about God?
6. What does it show you about yourself or who you can be?