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Zacchaeus the Tax Collector

Zacchaeus the Tax Collector climbs a sycamore tree to see Jesus then has a life-changing encounter when Jesus stops to speak to him.
Contributed by Sweet Publishing
Jesus and His disciples were on the way to Jerusalem and were passing through the city of Jericho. – Slide 1
Jesus was in a large crowd of people, many of whom wanted to see Him. There was a man in Jericho, called Zacchaeus, the chief tax collector. He was very rich but tax collectors had a bad reputation for gaining money by corruption. – Slide 2
He wanted desperately to see Jesus, but the crowd was in his way. Being a short man he couldn’t see over the taller people in his way. – Slide 3
So he ran on ahead and climbed up in a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus when He came by. – Slide 4
When Jesus got to the tree, He looked up and said, ‘Zacchaeus, hurry down. Today is my day to be a guest in your home.’ – Slide 5
Zacchaeus was delighted. Teachers like Jesus usually avoided tax collectors as they had such a bad reputation. He warmly welcomed Jesus into his home. But the people grumbled, ‘This man has gone as a guest to the home of a sinner!’ – Slide 6
Zacchaeus stood up and told Jesus, ‘Listen, I will give half my belongings to the poor, and if I have cheated anyone, I will pay back four times as much.’ – Slide 7
Jesus said to him, ‘Today, a person has been saved in this house. This man is a Jew also. I have come to seek and to save the lost.’ – Slide 8
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