Teaching Children About Bible Miracles – Jesus Heals A Paralytic


Jesus heals a paralytic man

Teaching children about the Bible miracles is important because it helps them to see how nothing is impossible for God.  If God can do miracles in the Bible, He can do them in our children’s lives today.  Here is an easy way to do that interactively.

Today let’s focus on a Bible miracle from the book of Luke:  Jesus heals a paralytic. (Luke 5:18-25; Matthew 9:2-7; Mark 2:3-12)

One day Jesus was teaching the people from inside someone’s house.  It was very crowded and there wasn’t a bit of room left.  Some men carrying a paralyzed man on a stretcher wanted to take their friend in to see Jesus so he might be healed.

Ask the children…

What resourceful thing did these men do?

“They tried to take him inside to Jesus, but they couldn’t reach him because of the crowd. So they went up to the roof and took off some tiles. Then they lowered the sick man on his mat down into the crowd, right in front of Jesus.” (Luke 5:18, 19)

Why was what Jesus said so surprising?

“Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man, ‘Young man, your sins are forgiven.’” (Luke 5:20)

Everyone just expected Jesus to heal the man.  The religious leaders challenged Jesus that no one could forgive someone’s sins except God alone.  How did Jesus respond to those who questioned his ability to forgive sins?

“Is it easier to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up and walk’? So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins. Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, ‘Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!’” (Luke 5:23, 24)

You know the rest of the story.  The man got up and picked up his stretcher and walked out.  Everyone was shocked!  Jesus could not only heal sickness, but He could forgive sins as well.  Who was this man?

And the question still stands today. Who is Jesus?  It is the most important question we will ever answer and the most important question we will ask those people that God brings into our lives.  Ask your children to try this experiment.  Have them ask a friend, “Who is Jesus to you?”  They don’t need to give any response, just ask the question.  Have them share the answer with the family and you can all discuss it.

If you like what you read, check out our children’s book, Hooked on the Book, on this website.  It is great for parents and kids because it provides the Big Story of God’s miraculous plan for His children in all 66 books in the Bible including colorful illustrations, rhymes and a surprise on every page.  

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About Liz Hagler

Liz Hagler is the illustrator and co-author of Hooked On The Book. Liz loves to draw silly drawings, write crazy poems, walk her dog down the block, talk to her kids on Skype, and eat taco salad.
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