In many ways, this past week’s SojournKids lesson was about the heart and soul of the gospel. We learned that Jesus came to save Big Sinners like you and me. We told the story of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector or the “Know-it-all” and the “Big Sinner” from Luke 18:9-17. Here we see that we can’t brag about our goodness before God, because we come to him with nothing. Like the tax collector who couldn’t even look up to heaven, we must simply cry out to God for mercy. The Bible teaches us that we have direct access to our Father through Jesus Christ. It’s so amazing that we have this access when we consider how big our sin is. Here are some questions to follow-up with your kids about the story:
READ: Luke 18:9-17 or Story 105 in The Gospel Story Bible
ASK: Who were the Pharisees? Pharisees were “know-it-all” religious rulers who added their own strict rules to God’s law.
Did the people like tax collectors? No. They took people’s money and gave it to the hated Romans. And sometimes they would keep money for themselves.
ASK: How did the tax collector pray? God, have mercy on me, a sinner. And he went away right with God.