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 the Centurion’s servant (Luke 7:1-10; Matthew 8:5-13) Jesus’ ministry extended beyond the Jews. He had come to save all mankind, whoever believed. It is not therefore surprising that His miracles extended to the non-Jews as well. Here is one example.
Ask the children…
Who was in need of Jesus’ help?
“At that time the highly valued slave of a Roman officer was sick and near death.” (Luke 7:2)
This Roman officer was a Centurion, a leader of 100 soldiers. When Jesus was told about this need, he proceeded towards the Roman officer’s home to help him. But the officer sent word through some friends to Jesus that Jesus didn’t need to come all the way to his house for he believed that if Jesus said the word, his slave would be healed. How did Jesus react to this kind of faith?
“When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to the crowd that was following him, he said, ‘I tell you, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!’” (Luke 7:9)
What was the result of this officer’s faith?
“And when the officer’s friends returned to his house, they found the slave completely healed.” (Luke 7:10).
Remind your children that today we are all part of Jesus family if we believe, both Jew and non-Jew. Ask them, “do you believe Jesus will treat us like family?” “Do you believe like the Roman officer that God will answer our requests even though we cannot see Him sitting in the chair next to us?” Ask them to talk to Jesus and tell them what they need and see if He doesn’t answer.
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.