Jesus Led A Greedy Rich Man To Repent

Jesus Led A Greedy Rich Man To Repent

Luke 19:1 -10

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PARTICIPANTS

Grumbler, who also serves as Narrator
Zacheus
Voice (of Jesus) Stand to one side, read slowly and loudly.

Prompter (Optional). Prompter shouts a brief line and Companions repeat it.

Companions (Optional): children and all adults that want to take part. Make sure Companions know who the Prompter is, and that they are to repeat Prompter’s words.

SCRIPT

Grumbler

Jesus had come to our town of Jericho, and we ran to see him. Oh, here comes Zacheus, the richest man in town, and the shortest. Why is he coming to see Jesus? Zacheus is the most sinful person around, the kind of man who would drop hot pennies on the sidewalk to watch children burn their fingers picking them up.

Zacheus

(Jump up and down, and stand on tiptoes) I want to see who Jesus is but I can’t, because of the crowd. Wish I wasn’t so short!

Grumbler

Why would you, of all people want to see that godly man, Zacheus?  You’re boss of the tax collectors that collaborate with the Roman invaders.  You get rich cheating us, collecting more than is due. You have no place with Jesus!

Zacheus

I know. Well, I can’t see over the heads of the crowd, so I’ll run ahead. (Run a few steps.) Aha! I’ll climb that sycamore tree to see Him as He passes below me. (Pretend to climb.) Oh! Jesus has come to the tree. He’s looking up! He sees me! He’s grinning!

Voice

Zacheus, hurry and come down. Today I must stay at your house.

Zacheus

What? Who, me? This is amazing! You sure you got the right man? (Pretend to climb down.)

Grumbler

Why would Jesus bother with that little man? He’s greedy.

Prompter & Companions

Greedy! Greedy!

Zacheus

I climbed down in a hurry and received Jesus gladly in my house.

Grumbler

Well! Look at that! Jesus has gone to be the guest of a man who is a sinner! Ha!

Zacheus

Yes, I’ve been a sinner. Lord Jesus, half of my possessions I will give to the poor, and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will give back four times as much.

Voice

Today salvation has come to this house, because the Son of Man has come to seek and save those who were lost. High above, angels are rejoicing in glory!

Prompter & Companions

Glory! Glory! Glory!

DISCUSS

Why did Jesus associate with bad people whom society despised?

(Good answer: To bring God’s love to them and lead them to repent. The story also shows that some very bad people make a greater effort to seek God than do some others who have not sinned as much.)

What comfort do you find in this story?

What does the story tell you about God?

Make definite plans to befriend persons like Zacheus that you know, and bring God’s blessing into their homes.

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