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The Arrival of Jesus

Zacchaeus Story for Kids – This story is about the time when Jesus used to roam from place to place to convey the message of God to the people. Jesus used to tell people that God loves all of us and he can even forgive us for our sins, we just have to pray to God with a sincere heart and we have to apologize to him for our sins.

People listened attentively to Jesus and walked on the path that he told to everyone because Jesus was preaching the message of God to the people.

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Jesus was very popular among the people and everyone wanted to see him. Now Jesus will deliver the message of God to the city named Jericho. The news of Jesus‘ arrival spread throughout the city. Jericho used to be in the land of Canaan in those days, but these days it is a city in Palestine which is located in the valleys of Jordan. You can also w atch the video of the story at the end of this post.

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Zacchaeus of Jericho

In those days there lived a man named Zacchaeus in the city of Jericho. He was very small in height but he was much richer and wealthier than others. Zacchaeus was the chief tax collector of Jericho. People called him a sinner and oppressor. This was because he used to charge tax unfairly by fooling people. Used to persecute(torture) people for not paying taxes.

Zacchaeus heard the news of Jesus coming to Jericho many times. He would repeatedly listen to the news of Jesus‘ arrival and thought, who is Jesus? And why are people so happy with his arrival? In angry, Zacchaeus asks his wife, “Jesus, who is Jesus? Why do people attract towards him? Does he have more money than me?”

Zacchaeus’ wife listened carefully to Zacchaeus’ abstract questions and replied, “Jesus of Nazareth is the son of God. He is God himself who is above wealth.”

Now Zacchaeus decided that he too would go and meet Jesus. He got out of his house and joined the crowd of the people. Everyone’s eyes were towards Jesus, but he could not see him because of Zacchaeus’ short height. He tried hard and stood in the tip of his toe, trying to see Jesus, but he could not see Jesus.

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Zacchaeus Story for Kids
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Zacchaeus climbed into a Sycamore tree nearby to see Jesus. He could see Jesus very easily after climbing the tree. Jesus was moving slowly. As soon as Jesus came down to the sycamore tree, he looked up and said, “What are you doing up there, Zacchaeus. Come down, I have to stay at your house. You are Abraham’s son.”

Jesus is talking about the Abraham

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whom God had told to leave his country and go to another country. Abraham had no children, but later God gave him two sons, one of whom was Ishmael and the other was named Isaac. Ishmael’s mother was Hagar and Isaac’s mother was Sarai.

If you have not read the story of Abraham and if you want to read the story of Abraham, click here – Abraham story for kids

Zacchaeus changes

Zacchaeus was attracted to Jesus and he could not understand what was happening. He was surprised to hear Jesus’ words and starts thinking how does Jesus know his name? Zacchaeus said to Jesus, “My God, you are welcome in my house. I am very happy that God is coming to my house.”

Zacchaeus Story for Kids
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Zacchaeus was happy with all this, but the residents of Jericho were not happy. People started talking to each other about why Jesus is going to a sinner’s house. Various types of questions started to arise in the minds of people. People said, “It is difficult for the rich to enter the kingdom of God. What is impossible for man is possible for God.”

The same Jesus departs inside Zacchaeus’ house and receives food from him. Jesus sees expensive things lying around and says to Zacchaeus, “Zacchaeus, no one cannot serve any two masters because he will hate one and love the other. He will honour one of his masters and despise the other. No one can serve both money and God at one time. If he considers wealth as his master, he will stay away from God. “

Upon hearing such a thing of Jesus, Zacchaeus was in tears and said to Jesus, “My God, have mercy on me. I will launder half of my possessions to poor people and will also distribute to the people what I have fraudulently taken from them. “

After saying this, Zacchaeus immediately went out and apologized to the people for his sins. He started distributing his assets among people. Zacchaeus also provided food for the people to eat so that the hungry could fill their stomachs. This time Zacchaeus was completely changed.

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Blessings of Jesus

Seeing Zacchaeus distributing his wealth in this way, all of them were surprised that what happened to him? Zacchaeus, who was so sinful and used to persecute others, has completely changed today. People understood that this is the glory of God. Jesus has shown Zacchaeus the right path.

Then Jesus comes out of the house and says, “Today salvation has arrived in this house. He is the son of Abraham who was lost. You must first be in search of the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things you will get easily. “

So in this way, Jesus brought another wandering man into the path of God. You children should also tell these stories to others so that all of us can make this world of God like heaven.

If you liked this story of Zacchaeus, then share it with your friends. By doing this, t he message of Jesus and that God will reach more and more people, Amen.

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Moral of Zacchaeus Story for Kids

What do we learn from this story?

We all have a craving for wealth. We want to collect more and more money and want to get richer than others. This story states that “It is difficult for the rich to enter the kingdom of God. What is impossible for man is possible for God.”

Here it means that whatever the rich people are, their focus is always on collecting money. In the process of collecting more money, he does bad things and becomes a partner of sin. By doing this, he keeps himself away from God, he neither loves God nor prays to God.

That is why Jesus said the same to Zacchaeus, “No one cannot serve any two masters because he will hate one and love the other. He will honour one of his masters and despise the other. No one can serve both money and God at one time. If he considers wealth as his master, he will stay away from God. “

It also means that we should divert our attention from wealth to the knowledge of God’s love and his kingdom.

Question From Zacchaeus Bible Story for Kids

Who was Zacchaeus and what did he look like?

Zacchaeus was the chief tax collector of Jericho. He was very small in height but he was much richer and wealthier than others.

What kind of person was Zacchaeus?

He was a very cruel person because he used to charge tax unfairly by fooling people. Used to persecute(torture) people for not paying taxes. People called him a sinner and oppressor.

Why did Zacchaeus want to meet Jesus?

Zacchaeus was too curious to know about Jesus. Zacchaeus heard the news of Jesus coming to Jericho many times. He would repeatedly listen to the news of Jesus’ arrival and thought, who is Jesus? And why are people so happy with his arrival? These things make him more curious to know about Jesus.

What did Zacchaeus do to see Jesus?

He was very small in height because of that he was not able to see Jesus. Zacchaeus climbed into a Sycamore tree nearby to see Jesus. He could see Jesus very easily after climbing the tree. He tried hard and stood in the tip of his toe, trying to see Jesus, but he could not see Jesus.

What did Jesus say when he saw Zacchaeus for the first time?

As soon as Jesus came down to the sycamore tree, he looked up and said, “What are you doing up there, Zacchaeus. Come down, I have to stay at your house. You are Abraham’s son.”

What did Zacchaeus do after listening to Jesus?

After listening to Jesus he decided to distribute his assets among the poor. He also told Jesus that he will not commit any sinful act. Zacchaeus immediately went out and apologized to the people for his sins. He started distributing his assets among people. Zacchaeus also provided food for the people to eat so that the hungry could fill their stomachs. This time Zacchaeus was completely changed.

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How did Jesus bring Zacchaeus into the path of God?

Answer: Jesus Told the divine truth to Zacchaeus. No one cannot serve any two masters because he will hate one and love the other. He will honour one of his masters and despise the other. No one can serve both money and God at one time. If he considers wealth as his master, he will stay away from God.

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