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Kids - Look Like Jesus

Jesus Looks at Zacchaeus with Love - Week 1

February 2-3, 2019 |

Real-life scenarios, and stories of Jesus seeing people with love, will show kids how to LOOK like Jesus. This four-week video series plays out what can happen when we try to see people through the eyes of Jesus. It’s the only way we can love everyone, no matter what!

ASK YOUR KID

What does it mean to LOOK like Jesus?

BIBLE VERSE

“My command is this: love each other as I have loved you,” John 15:12.

 

GROUP Q&A
  1. How did the situation at the skate park change when someone LOOKed like Jesus? (Discuss.)
  2. Why didn't people like Zacchaeus? (He was mean and stole money.)
  3. What did Jesus do when he saw Zacchaeus, and how did Zacchaeus change? (Jesus asked Zacchaeus to hang out. Zacchaeus' heart changed. He gave back the money had took, plus more.)
  4. Have you ever felt like no one likes you? (Discuss.)
  5. When are times we can be nice to others, even if they're kind of hard to love? (Discuss.)
PARENT BIBLE STUDY

Read Luke 19:1-10

First century tax collectors, by nature of their profession, were notoriously corrupt and made their living by stealing money from their own people. Zacchaeus and his fellow tax collectors were the enemy—considered the worst kind of traitors and sinners. And yet Jesus, when he saw him in the tree, invited himself to Zacchaeus’ house for dinner and became the guest of a sinner.

Jesus’ actions surprised and angered everyone in the crowd, but likely no one was as surprised as Zacchaeus. He knew that his cheating, stealing, and lying put people in poverty, but he was just doing his job. He probably didn’t think he was anybody Jesus would notice. That’s why he climbed the tree in the first place. And yet, Jesus moved toward him and noticed him on purpose.

Zacchaeus didn’t do a single thing but get curious. He took one step toward Jesus and the next thing he knew, he wanted to live his whole life differently. He went from outcast to accepted; sinner to saved; enemy to friend.

This is how much Jesus loves us. ALL of us. And honestly this unrestrained love might make us uncomfortable, especially when we think about Jesus loving our own enemies. But the flip side is that the unrestrained, unconditional, uninhibited love of God is also extended to us. His love is free and fully ours—even in our worst sin and shame.

Jesus told Zacchaeus and the observing crowd that this whole interaction and what it represented was exactly why he came. “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost,” Luke 19:10. We don’t find ourselves. Jesus finds us and loves us just as we are. And accepting that love changes us.

Shame makes it hard to accept any love, but especially a love as unconditional as God’s. Do you believe God loves you?

What does this story teach you about Jesus’ approach to you? Do you believe he comes towards you even in your worst moments?

How has your life changed since you accepted God’s unrestrained love for you?

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