Monday, June 16, 2014

Zacchaeus Sunday School Lesson

Use this Zacchaeus Sunday School lesson to teach kids about the importance of telling others about God.

Needed: Bibles, something small to show children

Lesson: (Note: Always allow students enough time to think about and to give their answers to the questions before clarifying the teaching.)

Bring something small to class. Hold it in the palm of your hand so that students can’t see what it is. Raise up above their eye level and start talking about how wonderful your item is. When students can’t see it, suggest that they stand on their chairs to get a better view.

Once they’ve seen the object, tell students to sit back down and say, Sometimes it’s hard to see things when we’re short. Today, we’re going to read about a short man in the Bible.

(Have students take turns reading Luke 19:1-4, or read it yourself.)

Why did Zacchaeus have to climb the tree? (Because he was so short, he couldn’t see Jesus. Everyone else was in his way.)

That’s kind of like when you had to stand on the chair to see what I had. Zacchaeus had to climb the tree so he could see Jesus over everyone else’s heads.

And what was Zacchaeus’ job? (He was a tax collector.)

The Bible also tells us that Zacchaeus was very rich. In those days, people didn’t tax collectors because they usually made people pay more money than they were supposed to. Zacchaeus probably got rich because he stole money from people by making them pay too much.

(Have another student read Luke 19:5, or read it yourself.)

Why do you think Jesus wanted to go to Zacchaeus’ house? (Jesus wanted to spend time with Zacchaeus.)

Do you think Jesus wants to spend time with you too? (Yes.)

How can we spend time with Jesus? (We can pray, read our Bibles, go to church, etc.)

(Have students take turns reading Luke 19:6-7, or read it yourself.)

Why did people call Zacchaeus a sinner? (Because Zacchaeus was doing wrong things. He stole money from people by making them pay too much money.)

(Have students take turns reading Luke 19:8-9, or read it yourself.)

Zacchaeus decided to use his money to help poor people, and to stop stealing money from people. Why do you think Zacchaeus decided to change like that?

I think it’s because Jesus talked with Zacchaeus when Jesus went to Zacchaeus’ house, and Jesus helped Zacchaeus believe in God. Jesus was a good influence on Zacchaeus to help Zacchaeus change and want to do the right things that God wanted him to do.

Do you think you could be a good influence on your friends too? (Yes.)

You can be a good influence on your friends by telling them about God and helping them to believe in Him.

(Have another student read Luke 19:10, or read it yourself.)

Jesus said He came to seek and to save the lost. When people don’t believe in God, they’re lost from Him because they’re not with Him. Jesus came to find those people and bring them back to God. Jesus wants us to help bring people back to God too by being a good influence on them and telling them what we know about God.

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