Jesus Stories

The Tax Collector

Zacchaeus was a tax collector.

That meant that he was very rich.

He cheated the people.

He would collect the taxes for theRomans.

He would charge the people extra taxes.

He would give the Romans what they deserved.

He would keep the rest.

Nobody liked Zacchaeus.

One day, Zacchaeus heard people shouting in the streets, "Jesus is here!"

Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus.

He tried to see over the crowd.

He was too short.

Then he got an idea.

He ran down the road.

He climbed a huge sycamore tree.

There he sat on a big branch.

He would be able to see Jesus now.

Here came Jesus.

When Jesus got under the tree, he said, " Zacchaeus, come down here.  I want to go to your house for dinner tonight."

Zacchaeus was so happy that Jesus wanted to come to his house.

He jumped down from the tree.

The crowd was shocked!

They couldn't believe that Jesus would go to this man's house!

"You cant," they said, "he's a tax collector, a cheater!"

That made Zacchaeus so sad.

He looked at Jesus and said, "I am so sorry for what I have done.  From now on, I will give half my possessions to the poor.  If I cheat anyone ever again, I will pay back four times what I took."

Jesus smiled.

He knew he meant it.

Jesus said, "That pleases God.  That is the very reason I am here.  To help people find God."

What do you think?
Do you think Zacchaeus meant what he said?
Do you think he ever cheated again?
Why was God pleased with Zacchaeus?

Write to me and tell me what you think, BUT, ask your parents first.

Let's Pray
Dear God:
Thank you Lord for showing me the right way.
Thank you for forgiving me when I am sorry.
Please show me the things I do that don't please you.
This we ask through
Christ Our Lord.

Can you think of a better prayer?

This story can be found in
Luke 19:1-10
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