Online Session 06 - Jesus' Healings
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Jesus Heals the Paralytic (Mark 2:1-22)
One day, Jesus was teaching in a little house in Capernaum, near his home. People from all over the countryside had heard he was in town, and they flocked to the house to see him. Four friends came to the house carrying a man. They carried him because he was paralyzed. They hoped they could ask Jesus to heal the man. But when they arrived, they couldn’t get in to see him because the crowds were too large.
Kid Story: Tell of a time you went to a concert or event where there were large crowds. What was the experience like?
The friends brought the man up to the rooftop. That wasn’t that usual; lots of people had rooftop decks. What was unusual was that they made a hole in the roof so they could get to Jesus from above. They lowered the man on a mat just above Jesus’ head. When Jesus saw the man, and saw how much his friends loved him, he said, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
Some scribes were watching and listening, and when they heard Jesus, they were really mad. They asked, “How can this Jesus forgive sins? Only God can forgive sins!”
Jesus knew they were talking about him, so he turned and asked, “Which is easier… to forgive sins or to heal a man?” They didn’t know what to say.
Jesus said, “I’ll show you.” Jesus turned to the man and said, “Stand up, take your mat, and go home.” The man stood up and walked.
Jesus said to the scribes, “It is hard to heal a man, but I have done it. It is easier to forgive, and I have done that, too. I did both to show you that God is powerful, and that God has sent me to heal and to forgive.”
Kid Story: Tell a story of forgiveness. What happened? Who was involved? How did it feel before forgiveness? How did it feel afterward?
Jesus gathered up his friends and walked down by the sea. He saw a tax collector named Levi. “Follow me,” Jesus said. Nobody liked tax collectors. They were known for cheating and stealing – for taking more taxes than were owed, and pocketing the rest.
When people saw that Jesus was hanging out with a tax collector, they got upset. But Jesus knew that healing the body was only one way a person could be healed. With forgiveness, second chances, and love, a spirit can be healed, too. Jesus said, “People who are well don’t need a doctor. But people who are sick need one. I am healer of people’s spirits as well as their bodies.”
Kid Story: Tell a story of being sick and then getting better. How long were you sick? What did you do to try to get better quicker? Did it work? How did you finally get well? How did it feel?
Gerasene Demoniac (Mark 5:1-20)
Readers: Narrator, Kid
Narrator: One day, Jesus took a boat to the country of the Gerasenes. The second he stepped off the boat, he met a man with an unclean spirit.
Kid: What does that mean, an unclean spirit?
Narrator: They believed he was possessed. Maybe he was mentally ill. Maybe he was suffering from addiction. Or maybe he really was possessed by a demon. You’ll have to decide for yourself.
Kid: Go on.
Narrator: The man was tormented. He lived in the tombs because he was too dangerous to live in a house. He was locked up in shackles and chains, but he kept breaking those, and no one could subdue him. Night and day, he ran around howling and bruising himself with stones.
Kid: The poor man!
Narrator: When the man saw Jesus, he recognized Jesus right away as God’s son. Jesus recognized that the man had an unclean spirit. He said to the man, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” The man ran toward him, screaming and shrieking, “What do you want with me? Leave me alone!”
Kid: How scary!
Narrator: Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” The man said, “My name is Legion.”
Kid: What does “Legion” mean?
Narrator: “Legion” means many, like hundreds or even thousands. The man didn’t have one unclean spirit inside him. He had thousands. The spirits didn’t want to be exorcised from the man. They begged Jesus to send them into a herd of pigs nearby. Jesus gave them permission to leave the man and enter the swine. Two thousand possessed swine then ran down a steep bank and into the sea, where they drowned.
Kid: Happy ending!
Narrator: Not so fast. The swine were important to the Gerasene people. They just lost 2000 in their herd. When they saw the man sitting, clothed, and in his right mind, they were terrified. They were afraid of the power that could heal the man and they were angry that he had lost them their herds. They begged him to leave. He got back in the boat and left. The man wanted to come with him, but Jesus told him he had to go back home and share with them the amazing things God had done for him.
Kid: So… now a happy ending?
Narrator: Now a happy ending.
Kid Story: Tell of a time you lost your marbles and someone helped calm you down.
Check-In Questions and Mentor Meeting Options
THIS MONTH'S MENTOR MEETING OPTIONS
Choose one of these activities for your next mentor meeting.
Activity #1: Movie
Watch the movie, The Ultimate Gift, 2006. Discuss how giving of one’s self led to healing.
Activity #2: Hospital Visit
Find out from your pastor who is in the hospital or care facility that might appreciate a visit. Go visit them. Talk to them about your life. Listen to them talk about their life. Ask questions. It doesn’t have to be about their illness. Find out their favorite movie, places they’ve traveled, or people they love.
Activity #3: Create Your Own
Discuss with your teacher and/or mentor what kinds of things you enjoy doing. Decide on an activity for you and your mentor this month.
Instagram/Phone Check-in: Jesus Heals the Paralytic (See above for Check-In Storytimes!)
- Why did the friends bring the paralyzed man to Jesus?
- How did they get the man in to see Jesus?
- Why do you think Jesus forgave his sins?
Instagram/Phone Check-in: Gerasene Demoniac (See above for Check-In Storytimes!)
- What was wrong with the Gerasene man?
- How did Jesus heal him?
- Why do you think the Gerasenes begged Jesus to leave? What were they afraid of?