Elementary, January 31: Jesus and Zacchaeus

Hi Journey Kids parents!

Zacchaeus was not the most popular guy. In fact, he was pretty much hated. He was, after all, a Jewish man who collected taxes for Rome. He was seen as a traitor and admitted to being a thief. He was not the kind of person anyone would expect Jesus to notice. But Jesus did. Not only did Jesus notice him, he invited himself over for dinner at Zacchaeus’ house. Zacchaeus was so overwhelmed by Jesus’ kindness, that he repented of his sin and promised to pay back – with interest – everything he’d stolen.

When it’s time to begin, start your morning of family worship by watching the short lesson video with your kids. [You can access the videos here.] It’s a great way to engage spiritually with your family.

Here is a snapshot of the lesson details for this week:

Bible Story: Jesus and Zacchaeus

Big Idea: Jesus doesn’t look down on people, so we shouldn’t either.

Memory Verse: “You must love one another, just as I have loved you.” John 13:34 (NIrV)

After the video lesson and music, you can use the attached materials to help take your family deeper into the lesson:

Jesus didn’t look down on Zacchaeus. Jesus didn’t consider him a hopeless case or a lost cause. It can be easy to look down on others – especially when they sin differently than we do. But let’s remember the story of Jesus and Zacchaeus and extend love and grace to all.