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 had leprosy, Matthew 8:1-4
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Check out this fun story from week 3 of “Check It Out”
ASK YOUR KID
How did Jesus heal the man in the story today?
PARENT BIBLE STUDY
Read: Matthew 8:1-4, Luke 5:12-14
The words Jesus used to heal the man in this story are important. He said, “be clean.” He did NOT say, “make yourself clean,” or “I am making you clean.” It’s like Jesus was trying to say that being clean was always an option for the man, he just needed to BE clean.
We can also hear the voice of the Creator in Jesus’ pronouncement for something to just BE. Just like he spoke the entire world into being, (John 1:1-3) he spoke healing to this man’s body. With just his words Jesus changed the man’s life.
Could the words of Jesus change our own lives? They can and they do. But we also make our own choices. Yes, Jesus will heal us in physical ways, but also in spiritual and emotional areas of our lives. But we need to accept that healing and BE clean. We can’t let the past define us.
So what does it look like on a day-to-day basis to BE clean? The first step is to accept that Jesus WILL heal us. If God is capable of so much, like the healing in the story, trusting in him to heal us is important and necessary to BE clean. We have to trust God to carry us through the inevitable storms of life so that the sin and shame that seems to run our lives can be continually washed clean. We have to learn to BE clean. God gives us the tools to stop being a slave to sin, it’s up to us to make the conscious choice to accept Jesus’ healing.
What happens after that? Well, after Jesus healed the man in the story, he told him not to tell anyone what he did. It is clear here that Jesus wasn’t healing this man to show off or prove his worth, but so that the man could be forever changed. God has the power to heal, and we have the power to choose to be healed. God doesn’t change us for show, he changes and forgives us because he loves us, and he wants to see us BE clean.
In what part of your life do you need healing physically or in other ways?
In what areas of your life has God healed you but you still have a hard time living healed?
“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.