This Jesus and Zacheus Bible story coloring page shows Jesus talking to Zacheus in the sycamore tree. Teach the Seventh Commandment "Thou shalt not steal." This PDF prints 8.5x11" single sided.
Zacheus was a short tax collector and wanted to see Jesus through a crowd, so he climbed into a sycamore tree to see better. Really. How often do you see a grown man do this? He truly wanted to see Jesus, he was at least curious.
Meaning: The main meaning of the story of Zacheus is that he should not have stolen money, he was sorry for it, he did penance, and amended his life.
Also, Jesus went to Zacheus' house for his conversion. The people of His day were saying ugly things about Him going to the house of a known sinner, so this is a good lesson about not judging others - especially a priest.
A wonderful thought to teach children preparing for First Communion is that Jesus visits our souls and brings us saving grace. Jesus helps us to live a good life, too.
Here's the Bible story from the Gospel of Saint Luke about how Zacheus entertained Jesus at his own home that you can use with our Jesus and Zacheus coloring page:
19:1 And entering he walked through Jericho.
19:2 And behold, there was a man named Zacheus, who was the chief of the publicans: and he was rich.
19:3 And he sought to see Jesus who he was: and he could not for the crowd, because he was low of stature.
19:4 And running before, he climbed up into a sycamore tree, that he might see him: for he was to pass that way.
19:5 And when Jesus was come to the place, looking up, he saw him and said to him: Zacheus, make haste and come down: for this day I must abide in thy house.
19:6 And he made haste and came down and received him with joy.
19:7 And when all saw it, they murmured, saying, that he was gone to be a guest with a man that was a sinner.
19:8 But Zacheus standing, said to the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have wronged any man of any thing, I restore him fourfold.
19:9 Jesus said to him: This day is salvation come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham.
19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
When I was little I learned a cute little song that you can teach to your children in their lessons about the conversion of Zacheus.
Zacheus was a wee little man and a wee little man was he.
He climbed up in a sycamore tree to see what he could see.
And Jesus said, "Zacheus, you come down from there for I'm coming to your house tonight. I'm coming to your house tonight."
You can see some cute Zacheus lyrics with activities at DLTK here.
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Use printables in your Roman Catholic catechism class, Faith formation, or Sunday school lesson. ~Mary Fifer