Year 1, Spring: Lesson 3
What we learned today
Big Idea: God forgives
Healing of the Paralyzed Man. Mark 2v1–12. Jesus forgives the sins of a paralyzed man and heals him too.
Where we're headed next time
Big Idea: God is help
Healing of the Leper, Jairus’s Daughter, Sick Woman. Matthew 8v1–4; 9v18–26; Mark 5v21–43. Jesus responds to three people who called out to Him for help.
Did you know?
Share these facts to get the conversation started:
A man with leprosy called out to Jesus for help, and Jesus didn’t just heal the man; He touched him. One simple act of kindness healed this man’s heart as well as his body.
A woman with an issue of blood touched the fringe of Jesus’ robe, and even though she knew she would be despised and cast out for making this Rabbi unclean, she trusted in God—and Jesus healed her.
Finally, the touch of Jesus brought a young child back to life and returned hope to a family previously lost in despair.
Connect as a family
Make up a family handshake. Try to incorporate at least 10 actions or touch points (such as elbow to elbow or hip to hip) into it. Talk about how much love is shared through touch. Read Matthew 8v1–4. Jesus chose to heal this man by touching him— even though he had leprosy, a contagious disease. Hold hands and have a time of prayer for whoever needs help. Lay your hands on anyone in your family who would like a specific prayer spoken over him. .
After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:
Why was it so amazing that Jesus touched the leper?
How have you seen God respond when you’ve cried out to Him for help?
Is there anything for which you need God’s help today?
These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about how God Is Help into your everyday life as a family.
Blessings are often used in the Bible. Bible. A blessing can be a prayer of commission, a portion of Scripture, or words to encourage and guide.
A blessing to pray over your child: (Child’s name), may you know God will comfort you and lead you.