HE WANTED TO SEE JESUS
We begin with the story of a very little man, who wanted to see JESUS. Do you remember his name? It was ZACCHAEUS! He lived in the city of Jericho and was very rich but mean! He collected money off people for taxes but often cheated them and kept their money for himself. So nobody liked him.
However, one day he heard that the LORD JESUS was coming to town and he wanted to see Him. When he tried to see JESUS he couldn't, because there were so many people in the street and he couldn't see over their heads because he was small. Then he had a great idea. He ran ahead of the crowd and climbed up into the branches of a sycamore tree!
When the LORD JESUS reached the spot, He looked up into the tree, straight at Zacchaeus and said, "Zacchaeus, come down now, I must stay at your house today." So Zacchaeus came down gladly and took JESUS home with him.
He was so pleased to have the LORD JESUS as his friend. But some of the people didn't like it. "Why is JESUS going to the house of a sinner like Zacchaeus?" they complained.
Well kids, you and I know that the LORD JESUS is the FRIEND of every one of us, no matter how bad we have been. He was the FRIEND of Zacchaeus, who was a cheat and He is our FRIEND too. The LORD JESUS came to DIE on the CROSS for Zacchaeus and for you and me too. That day Zacchaeus put his TRUST in the LORD JESUS. He even promised to give half his money to the poor and to pay back those he had cheated, four times the amount. HE WAS A NEW PERSON!
The LORD JESUS wants to be your FRIEND. He wants to come into your HEART, right now. He will FORGIVE your sins and make you a NEW PERSON - HIS CHILD.
"Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for loving me and for dying for my sins on the cross. Come into my heart, right now and make me a new person. Amen."
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1) Who did Zacchaeus want to see? _________________
2) Why could Zacchaeus not see Him? _______________
3) JESUS told Zacchaeus He was going to stay at his _____
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