Background: Matthew is the first book in the New Testament and was written by Matthew to carefully document that Jesus is in fact the long awaited Messiah and fulfilled all of the Old Testament prophecies.
In this section of Matthew (Chapters 8-11) Jesus displays His authority over disease, demons and nature. And then His says something amazing about this God-given authority…
Ask the children…
Who did Jesus give this authority to?
“Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to cast out evil[a] spirits and to heal every kind of disease and illness.” (Matthew 10:1)
What did Jesus tell His disciples to do with this authority?
“Go and announce to them that the Kingdom of Heaven is near.[d] 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received!” (Matthew 10:7, 8 )
Jesus not only gave this authority to His disciples who were with Him, but He gave it to all disciples from that time forward. He gave that authority to us. Why? So people would know that the kingdom of God is near. Jesus br0ught this kingdom here with Him in to earth in a new way and it is proven by the authority we have to do these miraculous things like Jesus did.
Ask your children if they believe they have this authority? Why or why not? Discuss how you can learn to use this authority. Now pray and ask God to provide opportunities to use this authority and to tell people that the kingdom of God is near.
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