What Jesus Found in a Tree


Luke 19:2-11


Jesus and his friends were walking down the street of a large city one day. Presently they came to a sycamore tree. Here Jesus stopped, and, looking up, he saw something through the thick leaves. He knew what it was, and he said, "Zacchaeus, come down." 

There was a rustle among the leaves, and in a moment a man came sliding down the tree trunk. This man was Zacchaeus. He was a rich man. He had never seen Jesus before. But he had heard many things about Jesus, and now he wanted very much to see him. News had come to the city that Jesus would pass that way. And Zacchaeus had run out with the other people to catch a glimpse of him. But Zacchaeus was a very small man. He feared he would not be able to see Jesus at all. So he had run ahead and climbed the tree, hoping Jesus would pass that way so he could see him. He must have been very surprised when Jesus looked into the tree, and called him to come down. 

Jesus knew all about Zacchaeus. He knew how eager this small man was to see him. So he said, "I am going to visit you today, Zacchaeus." Zacchaeus knew Jesus was great and good. He welcomed him to his home. He treated Jesus very kindly. And Jesus brought a blessing to his home. He brought peace and joy to the heart of this little man who had climbed a tree on purpose to see him.


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