Zacchaeus was very blessed indeed. Jesus has been preaching the Good News for three years and is making His way to Jerusalem to suffer and die for the sins of the world. We all know the story of the vertically challenged chief tax collector…. tax collectors were hated because of their collaboration with the Roman government and exploitation of their fellow countrymen. Perhaps he had heard of Matthew leaving the ranks of his profession, and was curious about what kind of a man would be worth following and giving up a lucrative profession for.
He climbed a tree to get a better look when he heard that Jesus was passing through Jericho. To his surprise, Jesus stopped and called him by name. He was bid to come down quickly, for Jesus must go to his house. The lonely man gladly welcomed Him – the result of the visit : salvation, forgiveness and a changed life. Jesus sought Zacchaeus because He loved him. No one is beyond seeking…Who is Jesus wanting you to reach out to? What stands in the way of us making the efforts necessary to show we care. Maybe it is a child who has only come to your class once or twice. Pray and ask the LORD to help you make effective contact. For complete instructions see the post at kidsbible.wordpress.com… (this will involve some precutting with an x-acto blade so you can fit Zacchaeus into the tree. ) I also used a leaf punch to cut out leaves.