Jesus heals the bent-over woman

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Lesson: We are more important to God than ox and goats
 
1. Intro: OUT OF SHAPE WALK AROUND: Tell children to walk slowly and quietly (NO running or shouting) as if they are bent out of shape. And when the teacher calls out “FREEZE”, they have to freeze in their best “bent” pose.
Do it 2-3 times, depending on class response and control. 
 
2. Story: “Let me tell you about a woman who was bent like this for a very, very long time.”
(based on 
Luke 13:10-17)
  • Imagine: for 18 years, this woman had an evil spirit and was bent up. 18 years is a long time — how many of you have 18-year-old brothers or sisters? Imagine being bent up for so long.
  • Jesus did a wonderful thing — He delivered the evil spirit from a woman and healed her so that she could finally stand up straight.
  • She was so happy — she stood tall and praised God! Wouldn’t you be happy if Jesus healed you?
  • But some people weren’t happy. The religious officials were unhappy. They were unhappy because Jesus broke the Sabbath laws by healing the woman. You were not supposed to work on the Sabbath. And healing was considered work, so it was illegal. Jesus should have healed her on a Sunday, a Monday, a Tuesday, a Wednesday … any day except Saturday, the Sabbath day.
  • Jesus asked them a question: If you have an ox or a donkey that’s kept in the stall, wouldn’t you let them out to drink some water on the Sabbath? Of course you would.
  • Now here was a woman that has been kept captive by Satan for 18 years. Surely she is more important that the ox and donkey? Surely she can be set free even on a Sabbath.
  • To the Israelites in that time, their livestock (ox, donkey, sheep, cattle) were important to them because that’s their livelihood, their income. So they will take care of them even on the Sabbath day.
  • But Jesus is greater than all the rules. And to God, we are so much more important to Him than all these animals. So God wants to show His love and goodness to us, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Isn’t God so good? That’s why we praise Him!
3. Activity Ideas
  • Worksheet: WordsearchCrossword
  • Craft: Use a picture of donkey and ox with the words “I am more important to God than the donkey and ox” or “God loves me ALL the time”. Kids can colour or stick pix onto a card.
 
Lesson: God takes care of the flowers. God takes care of me!
Luke 12:27-31. Matt 6:28-34
1. Intro: Show pictures of King Solomon and/or models in beautiful dresses

  • Take a look at these pictures of these beautiful clothes.
  • Do you know that all these splendid clothes needed a lot of money and effort to be made? All the silk and sequins and satin and sashes.
  • But do you know that they cannot compare with the flowers of the field, with the beauty of God’s creation?
2. Facts aboutMalaysian flowers
<use pictures or real flowers etc to illustrate. Key idea is to bring the lesson down to everyday things that they see in their gardens/parks, so that every time they see a flower, they are reminded of what Jesus says — that their Father takes care of them too>
  • Aren’t we blessed with so many different wonderful flowers every day? Each one is so beautifully coloured, with unique shapes, sizes, textures.
  • God designed them so intricately, and they don’t have to do anything. All they do is just grow naturally and let their beauty shine forth.
  • Do you know that each flower doesn’t live forever?
    • The hibiscus, eg, blooms in the morning and wilts in the evening.
    • The rafflesia takes 6-9 months to bud but then decomposes after 2-3 days of blooming.
  • Yet God didn’t take short cuts with them. He didn’t say, “Because they only last a short while, I’ll not spend so much time on them.” Instead, He makes each of them special in their own way.
3. We are more important than these flowers
    • Jesus tells us to think about these wild flowers —they do not sew their clothes or worry about what to wear today. Yet God takes care of them and dresses them beautifully.
    • In the same way God takes care of the flowers and the grass, He takes care of you and me, and He knows what we need.
    • That’s why we don’t have to worry about:
    • What we eat
    • What we drink
    • What we wear
    • Tomorrow
  • Jesus tells us to “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you.” Matt 6:33 (Memory Verse)
  • When we accept Jesus, He covers us with His righteousness —like wearing a splendid robe, better than any other fashion out there. Because of this righteousness, we qualify for all of God’s blessings and provisions.
  • So we just need to focus on Jesus and trust in Him, and all the things we need — food, drink, clothes, money — will be taken care of by Him.
  • We don’t have to chase after all these things that the world chases after. We just “chase” after Jesus, and all these things will follow.
4. Activity Ideas
  • Craft: Anything flower-themed with the words “God takes care of the flowers. God takes care of me” or memory verse on petals or around. E.g. Prepare some cut flowers and green paper cut in shapes of leaves. Get kids to stick the flowers on the green paper and write the words/memory verse on the green paper.

Lesson: God feeds the birds. And I am more valuable than birds.


 

1.  Intro: Fun facts about birds or Fun facts about ravens <use pictures, soft toys etc to illustrate; or as pop quiz>

     e.g.
  • The raven is the largest bird of the crow family: it is 2x heavier than a common crow at 1.3kg
  •  Ravens can live 40 years in the wild and 70 in captivity
  •  Ravens can soar high above the trees and are capable of aerial stunts 
  •  Ravens can live from deserts to forests and cliffs, nesting in either stick-made nests or rock cavities
  • Ravens feed on almost anything — fruits, seeds, nuts, fish, carrion, small animals, food remains and garbage. They even dig on snow to inspect plastic bags with waste. They also follow fishers and hunters for days to “glean” from their hunts
  • Ravens are considered one of the most intelligent birds in puzzle solving or performing series of complex actions, such as counting or opening a zipped bag
  •  They often get other animals to do their work for them — e.g. making calls to attract wolves and foxes to break the carcass of a dead animal so that they can access the meat inside
  •  Ravens have different dialects according to the area they are in
  • In the Bible, the raven was the first animal to fly or leave Noah’s Ark, to see if the flood had died down.
  •  Ravens are mentioned in 7 verses of the Bible




2. Story: (Luke 12:22-26; Matt 6:25-27)

  • Do you know that the ravens/birds do not sow or plant crops? They don’t reap the harvest? They don’t have storerooms where they keep their seeds?
  • How then do they survive? God take care of them. He makes sure that they can find food when they need to.
  • Just as God takes care of the raven/birds, He takes care of you and me.
  • After all we are worth so much more than ravens. We are more important than all the birds in the air. Just as God provides for the ravens, He provides for you and me.
  • That’s why Jesus tells us not to worry:
    • about our life
    • about what we will eat
    • about our body
    • about what we will wear
  • Many things in life are out of our control. Worrying about them will not change anything. Jesus tells us that no matter how much we worry, we can’t add an hour to our life. Our lives are in God’s hands, and He alone is in charge.
  • We don’t worry about whether our mummy knows when to go to the market to buy food. We don’t worry about when our daddy gets his pay cheque and whether he has paid the bills. We trust them to take care of us. In the same way, we can trust God to take care of us all the time!
  • Memory Verse: Luke 12:24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!


      3.  Activity Ideas

 

 
 
Youth Bible Study

      
     Leader’s Guide
 
     Lesson: We are more important to God than birds
 
     A.      Intro: Fun facts about birds pop quiz: Who am I?
  • I am the most common bird on the planet. Chicken
  • I am a bird that doesn’t fly. Penguin, ostrich, dodo
  • I am the only bird without wings. Kiwi
  • I lay the world’s smallest egg. Hummingbird
  • I lay the world’s largest egg. Ostrich
  • When I get excited, my head changes colour. Turkey
  • I can fly backwards. Hummingbird
  • I don’t build my own nests. I use other birds’. Cuckoo
  • I am considered the most intelligent bird in puzzle solving and performing a series of complex actions. Raven
 
Let’s read Luke 12:22-26 and Matt 6:25-27.
 
1. What are some of the common worries Jesus mentioned?
Our life, what we will eat, our body, what we will wear
 
2. What are some of your worries? Why do you worry about these things?
<Open for discussion>
 
3. What can we accomplish by worrying? What does Jesus say we cannot accomplish by worrying?
Nothing. Jesus said we cannot add a single hour to our life by worrying. Thus we shouldn’t waste time worrying.
 
4.  What lesson can we learn from the birds?
The birds do not sow or reap, have no storeroom or barn (preparation or hoarding for fear of lack in the future) yet God feeds them, takes care of them.
 
5. What assurance do we have?
We are worth so much more than ravens, than all the birds in the air. Just as God provides for the ravens, He provides for you and me.
Many things in life are out of our control. Worrying about them will not change anything. Our lives are in God’s hands, and He alone is in charge.
We don’t worry about whether our mummy knows when to go to the market to buy food. We don’t worry about when our daddy gets his pay cheque and whether he has paid the bills. We trust them to take care of us. In the same way, we can trust God to take care of us all the time!
 
Memory Verse: Luke 12:24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!

The Parable of the Rich Fool

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Lesson: Jesus is all we need

1.       Story
  • Tell the story based on Luke 12:13-21; 32-34
  • Once there were two brothers. Their daddy had died and left some money, and they both were fighting over it. They came to Jesus to complain about how to divide up what their father had given them.
  • Jesus reminded them that our life is not measured by how many possessions or money we have. “Because your true life is not made up of the things you own, no matter how rich you may be.” (Luke 12:14)
  • He tells us a story of a rich man who had big harvest from his land. When he ran out of space to keep his crops, he decided to tear down his barns and build bigger ones. He thought, “If I keep all these for myself, I don’t have to worry about what I will eat or drink for many, many years. I can now enjoy life.” But one night, he died. And he couldn’t bring any of the crops or money with him.
2. Lesson: Good News for Today!
  • Do these stories sound familiar? Do we fight and cry and complain when someone else gets more toys or candies than us? Do we try to hoard all we have instead of sharing? Why is that? We always want more toys, more candy, more stuff. We’re afraid someone else will take our share. We’re afraid we won’t have enough.
  • The good news is: We don’t have to be like this rich man, or the two brothers. We don’t have to fight over things or keep things for ourselves. We don’t have to chase after stuff – toys, sweets, games, money etc. These things don’t last. And we can’t bring them with us when we die.
  • But Jesus is our source. He is our everything. When we have Jesus, we don’t have to worry about not having enough. We don’t have to worry about people taking our things. We don’t have to worry about others having more than us. Because when we have Jesus, we have everything!
  • When we have Jesus, we can give what we have generously to others because we know we will never lack. When we have Jesus, He provides all we need. And no one can take Him away from us forever. (Luke 4:33)
  • Memory Verse: Luke 12:32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.”
 
3. Activity Ideas
  • Make bookmark/simple craft with the words, “I can share and give because Jesus has given me everything.” 
  • Break into groups and get them to share: What is one thing God has blessed me with and how can I bless someone with it? 

 

1.       Lesson: Daddy God Gives Good Gifts

 

Label on the bag/box
Inside (either put object or a picture of it)
Bread
Stone
Fish
Snake
Egg
Scorpion
    • Tell the kids that it’s “Snack time”. Three kids get to choose which “snack” they want.
    • As each kid choose, give them the unopened bag/box and have them stand in front.
    • Then have each kid open the bag/box one by one and show the class what’s inside.
    • Ask them how they feel when they ask for something good and get something bad.
  • If you are hungry and ask your daddy for some bread, will he give you a stone?
  • If at dinner time, you ask your mummy for some fish, will she give you a snake?
  • If in the morning, you want to eat some scrambled eggs, will your daddy give you a scorpion instead?
  • Definitely not!
  • Our mummies and daddies only give us good things. Not things that will harm us.
  • Do you know that as much as our mummies and daddies love us, that there’s Someone else who loves us even more? Yes, God loves us soooo much more than our mummies and daddies!
  • If our mummies and daddies can give us good things, God gives us the very best! He gave us His beloved Son — Jesus.
  • Because Jesus died for us and rose again, today, God can send His Holy Spirit to live with us forever and ever.
  • And when God gave us Jesus, He has already given us everything good, so we can just ask Him for all that we need. (Rom 8:32)
  • Memory Verse:
    • (Blue/Yellow) Matthew 7:11 “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”
  • Let’s Pray: Dear Daddy in heaven, thank you for loving me so much. Thank you for giving Jesus to die for my sins. Thank you for giving your Holy Spirit to live in me forever. Thank you for blessing me with good gifts always. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
 
2. Activity Ideas:
  • Gift box: Make a gift box card with the memory verse or “Daddy God gives GOOD gifts to me” inside

Ask, Seek, Knock

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Lesson: God loves to give

1. Story:

  • Tell the story based on Luke 11:5-10.
  • Once there was a man. He was about to sleep at night when there was a knock on his door. It was a friend visiting him. The visitor had come from a long journey and was hungry.
  • The man went to check his cupboards. Uh oh! There’s no food in there.
  • So he goes to his neighbor. It’s midnight, but still he knocks on the door. Knock, knock, knock.
  • The neighbor cannot believe his ears. “Why do you wake me at this time?”
  • “Please lend me three loaves of bread. A friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.”
  • “What?! Don’t bother me. My door is already locked. My children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.”
  • But the man persists in knocking and asking.
  • Finally, fed up, the neighbor grudgingly gets out of bed, opens the door and gives the man all the bread he wants — as much as he needed.
 
2. Lesson:
  • This neighbor was reluctant to help the man. He was already in bed. He didn’t want to get up. Even though he knew the man and was his friend, he didn’t want to help him.
  • But in the end he still did. Because the man dared to ask.
  • The key difference is that God is NOT a reluctant neighbor. He doesn’t give us a dozen excuses about why He cannot help us. He doesn’t need you to bang down His door before He decides to help us.
  • In fact, Jesus tells us to simply: A.S.K. — Ask, Seek, Knock. (Luke 11:9-10)
  • When we have a need, ask our Heavenly Father, and we receive. If we are looking for an answer, seek, and we shall find. If we need an open door, knock, and the door will be opened for us.
  • Because of Jesus, and what He has done for us, we can be bold (like the man) and approach God whenever we have a need.
  • Memory Verse: Luke 11:9 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
 
3. Activity ideas:
  • Memory Verse:
    • Prepare 3 posters (A4 or A3) with pictures of:
      • An open mouth
      • A ear
      • A door
    • Round #1: Hold up each poster and get kids to shout out:
      • Ask
      • Seek
      • Knock
    • Round #2: Hold up each poster and get kids to shout out:
      • Ask: And it will be given to you
      • Seek: And you will find
      • Knock: And the door will be opened to you
  • Small group sharing and prayer:
    • What is one thing you are asking, seeking, knocking for?
    • Do you know that God wants to help you and answer your prayer?
    • Pray for one another

Mary & Martha

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Lesson: Jesus calls us to rest in Him

1. Story:

  • Tell story based on Luke 10:38-42.
  • When Jesus visited his two friends, Martha and Mary, they must have been so excited to have Jesus in their house.
  • How did Martha react? She wanted to make everything perfect for Jesus. She was so busy preparing the food and cleaning the house for Jesus. She wanted Him to enjoy His time with them.
  • But how did Mary react? She was interested in Jesus, in spending time with Him, in hearing Him talk. So she just sat at His feet and listened.
  • Martha was rushing everything, and seeing Mary just sitting there made her angry. She complained to Jesus, “My sister left me to do the work by myself! Tell her to help me!”
  • Jesus calmed her down. “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
 
2. Lesson: Good News for Today!
  • Martha thought Jesus would be pleased with her if she did everything right. She wanted everything to be just nice for Him.
  • But in her busyness, she became stressed — “upset and worried” about many things. She also became bitter and angry at people whom she thought wasn’t doing their share of the work. She complained about them.
  • But Jesus reminded Martha that He didn’t need all her “doing” to be pleased with her. He was already pleased with her.
  • All she needed to do was be like Mary and to just sit and spend time with Him, resting.
  • It’s not wrong to want to serve Jesus. In fact, it is good to serve one another. But we cannot serve out of our own strength and we shouldn’t serve because we think it would make God love us more. Doing so would make us upset, worried, bitter and angry. We become tired and burnt out.
  • Let’s all learn to rest in Jesus first, to let Him fill us with His love and strength. Then our service and ministry will be an outflow of Him in our lives.
  •  Illustration idea: (You may choose to use props etc) Torch light with battery vs Lamp plugged into socket. Once the battery runs out, the torch light will not work anymore. But the lamp is plugged into the power source and will keep on shining. If we do things on our own strength, we are running on our own battery, which will drain out eventually. But if we rest in Jesus, we’re always connected in His strength, which will never run out.
  • God promises rest to all of us in Christ Jesus. At the cross, Jesus has done everything for us; He becomes everything for us. When we trust in Him, we can rest and draw on His love, His joy, and His strength every day. And we can serve Him and others with His love, His joy and His strength.
  • Memory VerseMatthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
  • Prayer: Thank you Jesus that we can rest in You because You have done everything for us. Thank you that You love to spend time with us. Thank you that we can draw all we need from You. Thank you that we don’t have to do anything to make You love us more. Thank you for loving me. In Your name we pray, Amen.
 
3. Activity ideas:
  • Quiet time: Play some slow worship songs. Have kids sit a bit apart from each other, close their eyes, keep quiet and just enjoy the music and God’s presence for about 5 -10 minutes (depending on age/attention span).

The Good Samaritan

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Lesson: While we were God’s enemies, Christ died for us
1. Story:
 
2. Lesson:
  • In Jesus’ parable: it was not the religious and “good” people who stopped to help the Jewish man. It was the enemy — a despised Samaritan. The Jews hated the Samaritans.
  • The Samaritan could have walked on, and nobody would fault him for that. But he had compassion for the man. He cleaned and bandaged his wounds. Put him on his donkey and paid for his care at the inn.
  • Who would do that for an enemy? Somebody who hated you? Who wouldn’t walk on the same side of the road as you?
  • Do you know: we were once God’s enemy? We were left to die.
    • Col 1:21 “This includes you who were once far away from God. You were His enemies, separated from Him by your evil thoughts and actions.”
  • But even though we were God’s enemy, Jesus still came to die for us.
    • He had compassion for us.
    • He cleaned us with His blood.
    • He bandaged us up.
    • He lifted us and took care of us.
    • He paid the price of our sins for us.
  • And because of that, we can now be God’s friend, we now have His life in us.
  • Romans 5:10For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!
  •  The teacher of the law had asked Jesus: “What should I do to inherit eternal life?” We don’t have to do anything to earn an inheritance; it’s a birthright, a gift. Because of what Jesus has done for us, we are born again as sons and daughters of God, and we have eternal life! Hallelujah!
  • Memory Verse: Romans 5:10 While we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son.
 
3. Activity ideas:
  • Card: Print picture, let kids stick on card, colour and cut out shape. 
 

Jesus feeds the 5,000 +++

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Lesson: Jesus provides in abundance (Luke 9:10-17)
 
1. Story:
  • Props: Some bread and “fish” (either fish-shaped biscuits or kueh bahulu) that can be handed out as part of the story
  • Jesus and his disciples went to a town called Bethsaida, which was a remote place. But when the crowds heard he was there, they all followed him.
  • Jesus welcomed them. He spoke to them about God’s kingdom and healed all who needed healing. There were about 5,000 men and many other women and children there … a very big crowd.
  • Late in the afternoon, his disciples came to him and told him to send the crowd away to go find food and a place to stay because it was getting late.
  •  Instead, Jesus asked them to give the crowd something to eat.
  •  There were probably more than 10,000 people! How do you feed so many people?
  • There was a little boy who offered his lunch — 5 loaves of bread and two fish … not enough for so many! The disciples said, “If we were to go buy food for them, it would cost more than half a year’s salary!”
  • But Jesus was not troubled by the big numbers. He just told the disciples: “Have them sit down in groups of about 50 each.”
  •  Then when everyone was seated, Jesus took the five loaves and two fish and, looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them.
  •  Then he passed the bread and fish to his disciples to distribute.
  •  And the more they distributed, the more they seemed to have!
  •  People were eating the bread. People were eating the fish. And they ate and ate until they couldn’t eat any more!
  • The disciples were amazed.
  • As the crowd went off, fully satisfied, the disciples picked up the leftover bread and fish. They put them into baskets, and they filled 12 baskets of leftovers! More than enough!
 
2. Lesson: Good News for Today!
  • Sometimes we face problems so big that we cannot see how it can be solved. Maybe it’s a big school exam. Or we need something that costs a lot of money. In this case, it was 10 to 15,000 hungry people!
  • Our own supply, like this little boy, is so small — He only had 5 bread and 2 fish … his own lunch. How can he feed such a big crowd?
  • But Jesus does not focus on the lack or the problem. When he holds the bread and fish, the little that they had, He fixed His eyes above on God.
  • God has abundant supply. He is rich. He does not worry about lack.
  • And that supply today is ours because of Jesus. He became poor so that we can be rich.
  • We can look to Jesus and trust Him to provide for our every need. We can let Him use what little we have and see Him transform it. And He not only meets our need but supplies more than we can ever imagine.
  • Memory Verse: <spend some time getting kids to memorise it; u can pin up the verse on cards and then take out one card at a time until they can remember the whole verse>
    • Philippians 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus
  • Let’s pray: Thank you Jesus that when we are faced with difficult situations, we can focus on You instead. We don’t have to see our lack. We can see Your supply. We can trust You to meet all our needs, according to the richest of Your glory in Christ Jesus. In Your name, I pray Amen.

3.  Activity ideas:

  • Father’s Day thanksgiving
    •  Have kids share one thing they are thankful for about their dad. (Be sensitive if a kid does not have dad)
    • Tell them as much as their earthly dads love them, their Heavenly Father loves them even more. And if there are things their dads can’t do, their Heavenly Father can.
  • Father’s Day craft
    • Choose a simple craft and have the kids write “Thank you Dad for ______________”
    • Origami shirt
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Youth Bible Study
 
Leader’s Guide
 
Jesus’ Miracle: Jesus provides in abundance (Luke 9:10-17)
 
1.       Where did Jesus and his disciples go? What do you think they intended to do?
They went to the town of Bethsaida. The disciples had just returned from share the good news about Jesus in surrounding villages. Jesus probably wanted to spend some time with them to rest.
 
2.       The crowds followed and found them though. How did Jesus react?
He welcomed them. Spoke to them about God’s kingdom. Healed those who were sick.
 
3.       When the disciples wanted to send the people to find food in the afternoon, Jesus asked them to give the crowd something to eat. What were the disciples’ response? (See also John 6:7-9)
So many people (5,000 men + women + children). Only five loaves and two fish. Take more than half a year’s wages to buy bread for everyone to have a bite.
 
4. What were they focusing on?
The disciples focused on the problem and their lack.
 
5.       Jesus already had in mind what He was going to do. He had the people seated in groups of fifty each. What did he do next?
Take the five loaves and two fish, looked up to heaven, gave thanks and broke them.
 
6.       What was the result?
Everyone had more than enough to eat and were satisfied. The disciples also picked up twelve baskets of leftover pieces.
 
7.       What can we learn from this lesson?
  •  Don’t look at the problem or your lack
  • Look to the source, God,  and give thanks
 
Memory Verse: Philippians 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus
 
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Jesus raises Jairus’ daughter

Categories: Children's Church

Lesson: Jesus gives life (Luke 8:40-56; Mark 5:21-42)
1. Story:
  • Tell the story of Jesus raising Jairus’ daughter from Luke 8:40-56 and Mark 5:21-42.
  • Last week we learned about a woman who had been bleeding for 12 years. When she touched Jesus, He was actually on His way to see a little girl.
  • This little girl was 12 years old, and she was very sick.
  • Her father’s name was Jairus. He was a synagogue leader — a ruler of the synagogue.
  • Even though he was an important man, when his daughter was sick, he knew that only Jesus could help.
  • So the moment Jesus got off the boat, Jairus fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him. “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.”
    • Jairus knew that Jesus had the power to heal his daughter, and he believed that she will be healed. This is called faith.
  • Jesus went with him. Along the way, He was “interrupted” by the woman who was bleeding for 12 years.
  • For Jairus, it must have an anxious time because Jesus stopped to talk to the woman while his daughter was dying.
  • But perhaps his faith was strengthened when he heard the woman’s testimony.
  • Then some people came from Jairus house and said, “You daughter is dead. Why bother the teacher anymore?”
    • To these people, Jesus was just a “teacher”.
  • Jesus assured Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
  • Jesus brought Peter, James and John with him to Jairus’ house.
  • At the house, there were many people crying and wailing loudly.
  • Jesus said, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.”
  • But the people laughed at him.
  • Jesus put the people out of the house, leaving only his disciples and Jairus and his wife.
  • They went into the room where the girl was lying.
  • Taking her by the hand, Jesus said to her, “Talitha Koum!” (which means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”
  • Immediately, the girl stood up and began to walk around.
  • Jesus told those present not to let anyone know about this and to give the girl something to eat.
2. Lesson:
  • Like the woman who was bleeding for 12 years, Jairus also spoke out in faith when he said, “Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.”
  • When the woman who was bleeding interrupted Jesus, when the people from Jairus’ house told him that his daughter was dead, when the wailers and mourners were crying in the house … despite these circumstances, Jesus still called Jairus to believe in Him.
  • When all hope seems gone, no matter what we are going through, we can continue to speak in faith and believe in Jesus. We can hear what Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
  • Jesus is Lord over everything, even death!
  • Let’s pray: Thank you Jesus that when we are faced with difficult situations, You are there with us. When things seem hopeless, You call us not to fear and to believe in You. Help us to learn to trust You more each day and to speak life and faith, according to Your promises. In Your name, I pray Amen.
 
3.       Activity ideas:
  • Worksheets:
    • Crossword
    • Word Search
    • Craft: Girl Finger Puppet
      • Print out drawing on card/paper. Get kids to colour. Help them to cut out the holes for the fingers to go through as the girl’s legs.