This continues our series learning about Jesus. This is week 8 in the fourth quarter of a year of Preschool Bible Study that I assist with on Wednesday evening.What are the 2 parts of the Bible? Old & New Testament We are learning about Jesus. Jesus is in the New Testament. The first 4 books of the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) are called the Gospels and tell us about His life here.
Tonight we are going to talk about Zacchaeus. He is found in the book of Luke (19:1-19) Jesus was traveling through Jericho. So many people wanted to see Jesus! People were following Him everywhere He went! The sick wanted Jesus to do miracles to heal them. Others wanted to hear what Jesus was teaching about God.There was a man named Zacchaeus that lived in Jericho. Zacchaeus was a tax collector and was rich. Zacchaeus was a short man, and he really wanted to see Jesus! But, there were so many people around Jesus! Zacchaeus tried and tried to see Jesus, but he wasn’t tall enough!
Zacchaeus ran ahead of all the people and climbed up a Sycamore tree. Zacchaeus knew Jesus would be walking that way and now he could see Him! When Jesus walked by the tree where Zacchaeus was, Jesus looked up and told Zacchaeus to hurry and come down from the tree! Jesus told Zacchaeus “I am going to your house!”
Zacchaeus hurried down from the tree so excited to see Jesus! Even though most people didn’t like tax collectors, Jesus loved Zacchaeus. Jesus wanted to teach him about God. Jesus went with Zacchaeus to his house. People were complaining because Jesus was going to his house! But, Jesus loves everyone.
Zacchaeus told Jesus that he was going to start living like Jesus wanted him to. Zacchaeus was a tax collector and had been cheating people. Zacchaeus promised Jesus that he would return their money. He would also give half of his money to the poor!
Jesus told Zacchaeus that He was happy that Zacchaeus was going to change and start doing what was right. Jesus loves everyone and wants us to do what is right.
We used this project to talk about what it would be like if Jesus came to their house. The wheel has different questions for them to answer and/or discuss. For this age group, since they can't read or write, it can just be used for discussion, or let them add stickers for the food. For instance, we let them add a smiley sticker for being happy to visit with Jesus. Click here to see more.The kids loved these Zacchaeus finger puppets! Zacchaeus could 'climb' the tree while we sang the song. Click here to download.