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Jesus' Early Miracles

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Jesus' Early Miracles - Mark 1

Jesus cares about people. Jesus’ miracles helped people and showed that He is the Son of God. Through Jesus, God does for us what we cannot do for ourselves. He provides forgiveness and life with God forever.

Key Passage

“For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”- John 3:16

  • For God (Put one hand up with palm up)
  • Loved the world in this Way (Cross both hands over chest with fists closed)
  • He gave his one and only son (Put one hand up and touch palm with one hand then bring to side)
  • So that everyone (Swoop both hands out with palms up)
  • Who believes In Him (Cross hands over chest)
  • Will not perish (Make a “no” sign in front of waist)
  • But have eternal life (Point with palm up with one hand)

Songs

For God Loved The World

Kingdom Kid

Bible Story Video

Jesus' Early Miracles

Bible Story Summary

  • Jesus made an unclean spirit come out of a man.
  • Jesus healed Simon’s mother-in-law.
  • Jesus healed a man with a skin disease.
  • Jesus’ miracles helped people.

Family Discussion Starters

  • How did Jesus show He cares about people?
  • What did Jesus’ miracles show the people about Jesus?
  • Whom did God send to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves?

Family Activity

  • Pray as a family for church members who are sick or hurting. Make and mail cards for them.

Other Resources

For Preschool Kids

  • Coloring/Activity Pages - Download PDF
  • Activity: Make a first aid kit
    • Give each child a paper bag and encourage him to decorate it with something that reminds him of the Bible story. Then help him add an assortment of first-aid supplies to his bag. Explain what each item is used for and remind children to ask a grown-up for help anytime someone is hurt. Encourage children to tell others about Jesus’ love whenever they use the first-aid kit. Write the key passage on each child’s bag or add a pre-printed label. Help children practice repeating the key passage after you.

    • Say: Jesus cares about people. What makes people special? People are special because God made us in His own image. Sickness and evil mess up God’s image in people, so Jesus came to heal us! We might still get hurt, but we can have forgiveness and life with God forever through Jesus. Whenever you use your first-aid kit to help people who are hurt, you can pray and tell them this good news while a grown-up takes care of the hurt. Let’s practice by reviewing our key passage right now!

For Elementary Kids

  • Personal Bible Study (3rd-5th Grade Class Handout) - Download PDF

  • New City Catechism - Question 29
    • How can we be saved?

    • Only by faith in Jesus Christ and in his substitutionary atoning death on the cross; so even though we are guilty of having disobeyed God and are still inclined to all evil, nevertheless, God, without any merit of our own but only by pure grace, imputes to us the perfect righteousness of Christ when we repent and believe in him.

  • Discussion & Bible Skills
    • Help kids find Mark 1. Show where the story took place on a New Testament Israel Map.

    • Ask the following questions:

      • Where was the synagogue in which Jesus taught? (Capernaum, Mark 1:21)

      • Why did Jesus say He came? (to teach, Mark 1:38)

      • Why did Jesus heal the man with leprosy? (Jesus had compassion on him, Mark 1:41)

      • What do these miracles show about Jesus? Guide kids to discuss Jesus’ power as God’s Son. Jesus had authority over evil spirits and over the sickness people faced. We also see Jesus’ love and kindness toward people. Jesus meets physical needs and spiritual needs.

      • Why was Jesus’ preaching more important than His miracles? Help kids understand that Jesus’ miracles helped to show His power and authority, but the purpose was to support the truth of His teaching. A person healed of a sickness might later become sick again and is still spiritually dead in sin. A person who understands Jesus’ teaching and has faith in His death and resurrection is forgiven and gains eternal life.

      • How can we be like Jesus? Discuss Jesus’ compassion, kindness, and preaching. Help kids see that we can show God’s love in the way we treat others. Explain that our love and kindness will help support the message of truth when we share the gospel. Actions may “speak louder” than words, but words are still essential for explaining the gospel.

      • People came to Jesus, and He healed them. Jesus loves people. His greatest miracle happened when Jesus died and rose again to destroy sin’s power. Everyone who trusts in Jesus is saved from sin and can be healed of the damage sin causes.