Sunday School Online lesson 1
LESSON 4 A TREE VIEW—ZACCHAEUS
Greetings, friends in Christ
Since we will not be meeting together in Sunday School, we want to provide you with the lesson so that you can go over it together as a family. We will provide you with basic lesson information right here, but you can visit www.cph.org and click on Free Downloadable Sunday School Lessons and scroll to the lesson for more in depth information and ideas.
It is our prayer that you will be in God’s Word together as a family often and be reminded of His great love for you! How comforting to know our God is ALWAYS with us!
“The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”
Deaconess Kelly and the Sunday School Team
LESSON 4 A TREE VIEW—ZACCHAEUS
Read Luke 19:1-10
BIBLE NARRATIVE FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN STORYTELLING DIRECTIONS: As you tell the story, hold your hand low for little and high for big. At the end of the story, ask children to suggest ways Jesus helps them to show love for others.
Zacchaeus was a little man who lived in a big city. Zacchaeus didn’t have many friends because a lot of people didn’t like him. He did bad things. One day, Zacchaeus heard that Jesus was coming to his city. Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus. He hurried down the street where Jesus would walk. Many other people wanted to see Jesus too. They hurried out of their houses and lined up along the street. Soon there was a big crowd of people waiting to see Jesus! But Zacchaeus could not see! He was too little! What would Zacchaeus do? Not far away, Zacchaeus saw a tree. It had strong branches. So Zacchaeus ran over and climbed the tree! Up, up, up he climbed. Soon Jesus walked along the road. Jesus came right up to that tree where Zacchaeus sat. Jesus looked up and smiled at Zacchaeus. He said, “Zacchaeus, you come down! I want to come to your house today!” Zacchaeus hurried down from the tree. Some people wondered why Jesus would want to go to Zacchaeus’s house. Jesus told them, “I have come to save the lost.” Jesus loved Zacchaeus and wanted him to be His child. Jesus came to be his friend and Savior. Now Zacchaeus knew that Jesus loved him. He wanted Jesus to know that he loved Him too. He said, “Jesus, I’ll give back everything that isn’t mine. I’ll give things to the poor people.” Jesus said, “Today, you belong to God.” Zacchaeus was so glad. He knew that Jesus was his friend. Zacchaeus was little, but Jesus’ love for him was big! Zacchaeus did bad things, but Jesus forgave him. Jesus loved Zacchaeus and changed his heart and life. Jesus has a big love for you too! No one is too little for Jesus. No one is too bad for Jesus. Everyone sins. But Jesus came to save us all. Jesus died and rose again to take away our sins—the bad things we do. He forgives us and makes us His children. He gives us His Holy Spirit. He puts love in our hearts and helps us show love for others. What are some ways you can do that?
BIBLE NARRATIVE FOR OLDER CHILDREN
Zacchaeus was a tax collector. He lived in Jericho, and he learned that Jesus was passing through town on His way to the Passover in Jerusalem. Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector—in charge of all the tax collectors in the area. So the Jewish people hated him even more than they hated most tax collectors. But Zacchaeus had heard things about Jesus. He heard Jesus talked to tax collectors and ate with them. Jesus even chose one named Matthew to be one of His twelve disciples. So when Zacchaeus heard Jesus was passing through town, he wanted to get a look at Him. But he was too short to see Jesus over the crowds. So he ran ahead and climbed up into a tree. And sure enough, from the tree, Zacchaeus could see the big crowd of people coming through town. And in the middle of that crowd, he saw Jesus, coming closer and closer. Suddenly, Jesus came near his tree, stopped, and looked right up at him. With a big smile, Jesus said, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” Zacchaeus was so happy that he rushed down, led Jesus to his house, and made a big feast for Him. As he talked with Jesus, he thought about the way he had treated the people he collected taxes from. He felt bad because he took more money than he should have. He turned to Jesus and made a promise: “Behold, Lord, half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have cheated anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” That meant if he took more money than he should have, he would pay back four times that amount. Jesus replied, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. For I came to seek and to save the lost.”
BIBLE MEMORY VERSE—WORK ON MEMORIZING THIS AS A FAMILY
“The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10
QUESTIONS TO DISCUSS
What did Zacchaeus do so he could see Jesus?
What did Jesus do when He saw Zacchaeus?
What were some of the things Zacchaeus did wrong?
What are some of the things we do wrong?
How was Jesus a friend and Savior to Zacchaeus?
How is Jesus a friend and Savior to us?
Thank you Jesus for loving sinners! Thank You for dying and rising to save me from my sin. Help us to tell others of Your great love.
In Jesus’ name.
On brown construction paper, trace around your child’s forearm and hand, with fingers spread to make a tree trunk and branches. Cut it out and glue it on white paper. Add leaves by gluing snippets of green tissue paper or making thumbprints using a green ink pad. Say, Jesus called Zacchaeus by name to come down from the tree. Jesus knows your name too!
Visit youtube.com and search “Zacchaeus Was a Wee Little Man” and sing the Zacchaeus song together!