This four-week video series checks out stories of Jesus’ healing power, which gave evidence that he was the one sent by God to save the world—the Messiah! Zany Librarian Linda Luann teaches kids how Jesus fulfilled prophesies and proved every word of God true. This week, we learned the story of Jesus healing a man who was blind, Mark 8:22-29
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Check out this fun story from week 1 of “Check It Out”
ASK YOUR KID
What does the word “Messiah” mean?
PARENT BIBLE STUDY
Read: Mark 8:22-29
Jesus took this man away from the crowds and healed him one-on-one. This is important. It reveals Jesus as relational. He didn’t exploit his authority or his identity as God and refuse to relate to this man. Instead, he made a personal connection before he healed the man’s blindness, demonstrating for all of us that being known by God is most important. Physical restoration was (and is) important to Jesus, but our bodies are temporary and will eventually die. Jesus is communicating here that he came first and foremost to restore our relationship with God. That is what we need most.
Jesus healed this man gradually. In most healing miracles, the person was healed instantly. But in this instance, the blind man first saw people dimly, as if they were trees, before Jesus fully restored his sight (Mark 8:24). It’s almost like the man trusted Jesus enough to give healing a try. And then as his faith in Jesus grew, his sight was fully restored. Jesus has already done everything necessary to heal us, but it is our choice to trust him.
It’s important to remember, though, that this miracle is not just about physical healing. In the very next verses, Jesus asked his disciples who they thought he was. This miracle also points to spiritual blindness. We are not instantly able to clearly see and understand everything about Jesus, and neither were Jesus’ disciples. Peter called Jesus the Messiah, which was correct, but he only dimly understood the kind of Messiah Jesus would be. Rather than the radical political figure they were hoping for, Jesus would save his people through dying. Our spiritual blindness is healed gradually as we get to know Jesus more deeply through reading the Bible and talking to him in prayer.
The blind man did eventually see clearly. Jesus fully restored his physical sight. And Peter eventually understood exactly who Jesus was. Jesus fully healed his spiritual blindness. This story gives us hope that Jesus is after our complete restoration. He will not leave us half finished. Physically and spiritually, he is working to make us whole. We just have to trust him.
“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ,” Philippians 1:6.
We are all works in progress. In what ways do you want Jesus to give you more sight spiritually?
Jesus’ miracles are less about what he does and more about who he is. What did you learn about Jesus from this story?
“Every word of God proves true,” Proverbs 30:5.
THE BIG PICTURE
Our Elementary curriculum is written for 1st through 5th graders. Through exciting videos, or live teaching in the rooms, kids explore stories from the Bible each month. Beginning with Creation, and moving in chronological order throughout the year, kids learn that God is our Creator, his son Jesus is our Savior, and he is loving, healing, miraculous, and personal. Kids learn about baptism, how to pray, how they can be more like Jesus, and how they can help others. In a large group format, elementary kids sing and dance to worship songs, then meet fun characters and play games that introduce them to the concept of the series. After the story, kids transition to small group activities, designed to be led by an adult. We hope elementary kids learn through interactive content, and begin to grow in their understanding of who Jesus is and how to follow him.