Jesus Healed a Lame Man
Jesus Healed A Lame Man - John 5
The man at the pool was unable to help himself. Jesus healed him, and he obeyed Jesus’ commands. In a similar way, we are unable to free ourselves from sin. Jesus calls us to trust in Him. When we trust in Jesus, He frees us from the power of sin and death so we can follow Him and obey Him.
“Yet he himself bore our sicknesses... punishment for our peace was on him, and we are healed by his wounds ”- Isaiah 53:4-5 (Abridged)
- Yet he himself (put right hand up)
- Bore our sicknesses (pull right hand in front of face and make a fist)
- Punishment (put left hand up)
- For our peace (Pull left hand in front of face and make an X with both fists)
- Was on him (turn X into a cross)
- And we (pat chest with both hands)
- Are healed (pull hands down into fists)
- By his wounds (point pointer fingers inward)
We Are Healed
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Bible Story Video
Jesus Healed A Lame Man
Bible Story Summary
- Jesus healed a man who could not walk.
- The man picked up his mat and walked like Jesus told him to do.
- The religious leaders were angry that Jesus healed on the Sabbath and said He was God’s Son.
Family Discussion Starters
- What did Jesus do for the man that the man could not do for himself?
- What does Jesus do for us that we cannot do for ourselves?
- Whom did the man who couldn’t walk have faith in?
- Plan a day of intentional Sabbath rest as family. Read Mark 2:23-28. Talk about what Jesus meant in verse Mark 2:27.
For Preschool Kids
- Coloring/Activity Pages - Download PDF (Lessons for June 7 - 28)
- Activity: Use Your Legs
Place a long piece of painter’s tape down the center of the room. Give commands related to legs for children to follow. Use the following or create your own.
- Jump over the line.
- Walk on the line.
- Hop on top of the line.
- Tiptoe next to the line.
- Stand on one foot on the line.
- Straddle the line.
Say: You used your legs to do what I asked you to do! The man at the pool was able to use his legs to do what Jesus asked him to do because Jesus healed him! Jesus healed a man who could not walk, and the man obeyed Jesus. In a similar way, we are sinners who need Jesus’ help. Jesus wants us to trust in Him. Jesus can free us from sin so we can follow Him and obey Him.
For Elementary Kids
- Personal Bible Study - Download PDF (Lessons for June 7 - Sept. 20)
- New City Catechism - Question 35
Since we are redeemed by grace alone, through faith alone, where does this faith come from?
All the gifts we receive from Christ we receive through the Holy Spirit, including faith itself.
- Discussion & Bible Skills
Help kids find John 5 and read verses 8-9.
Ask the following questions:
Why did Jesus heal the man who was lame? Prompt kids to recognize that the man did not ask for healing. He had been disabled a long time and seemed hopeless. The man did not even recognize Jesus, but Jesus showed compassion to the man and healed him—instantly and completely. The man experienced Jesus’ power. Help kids realize that Jesus does not always heal people; sometimes His plan for someone involves sickness. But we can trust that Jesus is always working for His glory and our good. (Option: Read Romans 8:28.)
How does Jesus give hope to sinners? Lead kids to recall that the man at the pool was unable to help himself. Jesus healed him, and he obeyed Jesus’ commands. In a similar way, we are unable to free ourselves from sin. Jesus calls us to trust in Him. When we trust in Jesus, He frees us from the power of sin and death so we can follow Him and obey Him. (Option: Read Psalm 71:5.)
What do Jesus’ healing miracles teach us about God’s kingdom? Point kids to the words of the prophet Isaiah about how the world would change when the Messiah comes. Isaiah said the Messiah would make the blind see, the deaf hear, the lame walk, and the mute sing. God’s kingdom is one of restoration and healing. He shows His grace through healing today. We look forward to the day when Jesus returns and makes all things new. (Option: Read Mark 1:15.)
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