Jesus was traveling through Jericho, where a man named Zacchaeus lived . Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector, and he was very rich . Zacchaeus was in charge of collecting taxes for the Roman government from the Jewish people in Jericho .
When Jesus came into town, a large crowd gathered to see Him . Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus, too, but Zacchaeus was a short man . He could not see over the crowd! So Zacchaeus ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to watch for Jesus to pass by .