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The Story of Zacchaeus, in 21st-Century Style…

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is that of Zacchaeus. You may remember the Sunday School song, “Zacchaeus was a wee little man, a wee little man was he…” Not familiar? Well, take a listen here (warning: it’ll be stuck in your head all day!):

Some of you may not be familiar with the story of Zacchaeus, so I wanted to start a new series: the Bible…in GIF form. So without further ado, I present to you the story of Zacchaeus.

Follow along in Luke 19:1-10 (The Message).

Luke 19: 1 -4: Then Jesus entered and walked through Jericho. There was a man there; his name was Zacchaeus, the head tax man, and he was quite rich.

Let’s stop here for a minute…I picture the scene of Jesus entering Jericho like this:

Poor Zacchaeus was a wee little man and was desperately trying to see Jesus (who wouldn’t?!).

The crowd was in his way, so Zacchaeus had to take matters into his own hands. He found a giant tree and climbed up in it so he could see!

Luke 19: 5-7 When Jesus got to the tree, he looked up and said, “Zachaeus, hurry down. Today is my day to be a guest in your home.”

Right here I imagine the look on Zacchaeus’ face would look something like this.

Let’s continue. Zacchaeus scrambled out of the tree, hardly believing his good luck, delighted to take Jesus home with him.

Stop here…the important thing to note here is Zacchaeus DIDN’T have this reaction.

Instead, he had this reaction..or, well, at least, I think he would.

Everyone who saw the incident was indignant and grumped, “What business does He have getting cozy with the crook?”

Essentially, their reaction is this:

And assuming families were present:

Jesus had a way of keeping people on their toes, didn’t He? Anyhow, back to the story…

Luke 19:8 Zacchaeus just stood there, a little stunned.

My thoughts on what he was thinking at this point:

He stammered apologetically, “Master, I give away half my income to the poor, and if I’m caught cheating, I pay four times the damages.”

The crowd’s reaction probably went from the above reaction to something more like this.

Alright back to it…

Luke 19:9-10 Jesus said, “Today is salvation day in this home! Here he is: Zacchaeus, son of Abraham! For the Son of Man came to find and restore the lost.”

How awesome is that?! I imagine that Zacchaeus was (internally) feeling something like this:

But, on the outside was more like this:

My hope is that, at this point, the crowd began to do this…

And that’s it! The story of Zacchaeus! Would you like to see any more Bible stories in “GIF” form? Which ones? Share below!

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20 Comments

  1. BeautifullyUnique

    Posted by BeautifullyUnique on September 28, 2014 at 21:17

    I would love to see Esther or Ruth or Deborah

  2. dancrhannah

    Posted by dancrhannah on September 28, 2014 at 12:49

    I’d love to see the woman at the well, Adam and Eve, or anything with David 🙂 Oh, and the story of how Saul became Paul would be GREAT 😀

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by anna0727 on July 16, 2014 at 06:36

    The story of Esther would be cool to see.

  4. kayemisme

    Posted by kayemisme on July 7, 2014 at 11:55

    jesus walking on water

  5. Lexi7

    Posted by Lexi7 on July 5, 2014 at 20:25

    this is awesome :):)

  6. GraceGirl1379

    Posted by GraceGirl1379 on June 27, 2014 at 09:58

    I wanna see walking on water in GIF. That would be hilarioussssss

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by Gabrielle18 on June 19, 2014 at 21:15

    That was soo AWESOME! LOL I’d love to see the story of Ruth and Boaz! Oh and Jonah! 🙂

  8. jesussavedmylife

    Posted by jesussavedmylife on June 16, 2014 at 14:00

    Esther and David would be great!

  9. kaylee_walden01

    Posted by kaylee_walden01 on June 14, 2014 at 14:24

    Jesus walking on water

  10. kaylee_walden01

    Posted by kaylee_walden01 on June 14, 2014 at 14:23

    Love that. Adam and Eve

  11. hannah1997

    Posted by hannah1997 on June 11, 2014 at 18:31

    That was the best. And the song was too fun, haven’t heard it in probably 8 years.

  12. Sa5m

    Posted by Sa5m on June 11, 2014 at 00:20

    Loved the gifs! Keep them coming, please!

  13. Daughter_OfTheKing

    Posted by Daughter_OfTheKing on June 8, 2014 at 16:46

    The Christmas story!

  14. Lover of books76

    Posted by Lover of books76 on June 7, 2014 at 19:22

    Esther!

  15. kass4god

    Posted by kass4god on June 7, 2014 at 15:20

    Noah would be cool, Or Joseph…:) That was cool! Thanks!

  16. blindlessgirl

    Posted by blindlessgirl on June 7, 2014 at 06:20

    Oh my gosh!! I totally agree with EmilyRW! This is totally awesome! 🙂 I love the gifs and the new version of telling the story. Hahah! xD

  17. sun on the daisies

    Posted by sun on the daisies on June 6, 2014 at 19:49

    More, please.

  18. Project Inspired

    Posted by Katinka on June 6, 2014 at 19:10

    That was such a cool idea! I can’t wait to see more!

  19. EmilyRW

    Posted by EmilyRW on June 6, 2014 at 16:28

    Holy bananas, this was awesome!! Please do more of these!! Could you do some of the stories of Esther, Noah, and Jonah?