Carolyn Kitto shares with us her insights on this passage.
JESUS MEETS ZACCHAEUS
How do you think Jesus knew Zacchaeus’s name? What else do you think he knew about Zacchaeus? What does Jesus know about you? What would you talk about with Jesus if he came to stay at your house? Would you welcome him gladly?
What must it have been like to see Zacchaeus up the tree? Do you think this was normal for chief tax-collectors, (and otherwise wealthy people)? Why do you think he was so desperate to see Jesus?
What do you think made Zacchaeus give half his possessions to the poor? How rich would you have to be to give away half of your possessions? What challenges you about this?
What do you make of the Jesus statement, “this man too is a son of Abraham?” What does it mean/imply? In what ways are Christians, “sons of Abraham”?
How does verse 10 match the life of Jesus? Describe how Jesus saved the lost. (Who were the lost?) Who does Jesus save today? (How are people “lost” today?) What does this mean for our own discipleship?
Jesus Heals Blind Men
Compare this episode with the one above. What is it saying about the place of people with disabilities in the days of Jesus? How have things have changed since then? How have they remained the same?
What does this episode tell us about Jesus’ attitude to those asking for healing? Does he ever qualify his healing? Does he ever hold it back in any way?
What is the response of the two men? (What do you think they were doing by the roadside in the first place?) How would their lives have changed, apart from their sight being restored?
Can you remember a time when you were so impacted by Jesus that you couldn’t help but follow him? (Maybe with deeper faith). What happened? If you were going to tell someone about it, what would you say?
How does trusting in Jesus and following him make a difference in your life? Why might you recommend to someone else that it’s worth following Jesus? How do you actually follow Jesus?
Jesus Blesses the Children
(Compare with Mark 10:13-16, Luke 18:15-17)
Why do you think this episode gets included in the gospels? Why do you think the disciples tried to prevent the children from being brought to Jesus?
What do you know of the place of children in 1st century Jewish/Roman society? How have things changed since then? How have they remained the same? In what ways could/should we improve access for children in our church activities / lives?
What could we say about children and their approach to Jesus? How do they get there in the first place? What is our responsibility towards children in this regard?
What can we learn about how adults approach Jesus? What does this say about our power in approaching the Kingdom?