Welcome to Jesus Meets A Poor Man and a Rich Man, our story for February 12, based on Luke 18:35-19:10. This story is hot off the presses- or maybe I should say that I still have glue between my fingers! Anyway, this story combines the story of Jesus healing the blind man by the road to Jericho with the story that immediately follows it in Luke, the story of Zacchaeus.
In both of the stories, Jesus meets the men as they call for him, and he heals the body or heart. Both healings happen on his way to Jerusalem, where his life will be in danger.
The theme of these stories could be that Jesus seeks to find people who are lost and suffering, who recognize they need to be made whole, and to bring them back to God’s family where they belong.
I’m including the script and wondering questions below.
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Children could respond to either individual story, or they could aim their response at the general theme of Jesus seeking people to bring them back to God.
What would it have meant to be blind back then? Children might want to think about this and explore it. How would the blind man make a living in that age? Why would he need to be healed? Why would he need Jesus?
Can a rich man really have problems? What problems might he have, given that he gained his money by cheating others? Why would he need to be healed? Why would he need Jesus?
There are lots of ways to retell the stories through art. Check out my Pinterest site here on this story.
Jesus Meets A Poor Man and a Rich Man (Luke 18:35-19:10)
While Jesus did his work, healing, preaching, and telling stories, people wanted to meet him. Even as Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem, where he knew that his life would be in danger,
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he made time for people. He walked along the road and changed people’s lives.
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There were two people he met that were very different. One man was poor and one was rich.
First Jesus met the poor man.
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The man was poor because he was blind. The only way he could have the food he needed to live was by sitting by the side of the road, begging people for money. The blind man heard a crowd going by and asked what was happening. The people around him said that it was Jesus from Nazareth going by. The blind man shouted out, Jesus, son of David, please help me!
The people told him to be quiet. But he didn’t. He shouted out louder, “Jesus, son of David, please help me!”
Jesus heard him and stopped walking. Maybe he noticed that even though the man was blind he could see what the crowd didn’t know, that he was the son of David, the Savior! “Bring the man to me.” When they brought him close to Jesus, Jesus said to the blind man, “What would you like for me to do for you?”
“I want to see again,” the man said.
“Go ahead,” Jesus said, “See! Your eyes are healed because of your faith.”
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It was true! Right that second, the blind man could see. What did he do? He joined the crowd praising God and following Jesus.
Then Jesus met the rich man.
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His name was Zacchaeus and he was rich because he was the chief tax collector. As he collected taxes for the government, he took a lot of people’s money just for himself. Zacchaeus who was really excited about the chance to see Jesus, but he had a problem. Zacchaeus was shorter than most people and couldn’t see over their heads. Nobody wanted to help him get a good look because they knew that he was the chief tax collector, the cheater of cheaters. Jesus was coming close. Would he miss his chance? Zacchaeus had an idea.
Zacchaeus saw a sycamore tree ahead where Jesus was going.
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If he climbed that tree, he’d get a good view of Jesus. But only children climbed trees. Would he be willing to look silly? Jesus ran ahead and climbed the tree and waited for Jesus to walk near.
When Jesus got to the tree, he stopped! “Zacchaeus hurry and get down from there. Today is my day to be a guest in your home.” Zacchaeus scrambled down the tree, so thrilled he thought he might burst with happiness. The crowd wasn’t so happy. “Of all people to stay with!” they grumbled. “Why pick such a bad man?”
Zacchaeus could hardly believe it. Later at his house he said, “Master, I’ll give away half of my money to the poor—and if I’ve cheated anyone, I’ll pay them four times more.
Jesus said, “Today your faith has saved you.” Zacchaeus’s heart was healed because of his faith!
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“You are a true part of God’s family. It’s why I’m here, to find people like you who are lost and bring them back to God’s family where you belong.”
- I wonder what your favorite part of this story is.
- I wonder where you are in this story. I wonder what part of this story is about you?
- I wonder what God is trying to teach us in this story.
- I wonder what this story says about what God is like.