Zacchaeus

Who was this little man with a big story to tell?

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    This is a story, that you can find in the Bible, about Zacchaeus a tax collector. Luke 19: 1-10

    At that time no-one really liked tax collectors because they worked for the Romans and collected money from the people. The tax collectors were often cheats as well and took more money than they should and kept some for themselves. Now Zacchaeus was a very rich man but because he didn't have many friends life must have been very miserable. No-one wanted to be friends with a tax collector and a cheat.

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    Jesus visits Jericho

     

    One day Jesus and his friends went to visit the town of Jericho. A very rich tax collector called Zacchaeus lived in the town.

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    Zacchaeus

     

    Zacchaeus really wanted to see Jesus, but he was such a little man and there were so many people that he couldn't see a thing.

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    Zacchaeus' good idea

     

    Zacchaeus knew what he had to do. As quick as a flash Zacchaeus ran ahead of the crowd and climbed a sycamore tree so that he could see Jesus walk by.

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    Jesus and Zacchaeus

     

    When Jesus came to the tree, he looked up and said to Zacchaeus, “Hurry down, Zacchaeus, because I want to stay in your house today.”

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    A special Guest

     

    Zacchaeus hurried down the tree and welcomed Jesus with great joy.But all the people who saw it started grumbling, “Why has Jesus gone to the house of a cheat and a liar?”

    Zacchaeus stood up and said to Jesus, “Listen, sir! I will give half my belongings to the poor, and if I have cheated anyone, I will pay back four times as much.”

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    A life filled with joy

     

    Jesus said, 'This is a great day.' And from that day on Zacchaeus changed. He was no longer a cheat and a liar. He gave a lot of his money away and he was no longer miserable but was filled with joy.

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