Lesson Learned: Help one another come to Jesus.
Materials Needed: none
1 A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. 2 They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. 3 Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. 4 Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
6 Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, 7 “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
8 Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things? 9 Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? 10 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the man, 11 “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 12 He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
Talking Points: There was a man who couldn’t walk and he wanted to see Jesus. His friends were good friends and they carried the man all the way to see Jesus. When they got to where Jesus was, there were so many people there that they couldn’t get close to him. The man’s friends then dug a hole in the roof and lowered the man to the ground to where Jesus was. When Jesus saw the man he healed him. Because the man’s friends helped him, he was able to see Jesus and Jesus healed him.
Questions: What are some ways your help your friends or that they help you? How do you help your mom or dad? How does it make you feel to help someone?
Have the child act out the story. Pretend to be carrying someone and the then dig a hole to lower the person through to see Jesus.
Prayer: Dear God, thank You for giving us people in our lives to help us lead us to You. Amen!