Preschoolers help Howie with his everyday troubles in a fun, live gameshow. Then they hear four stories about Jesus helping people by healing them. Through all-live teaching, kids learn that God always helps us.
Get out of your seat, crank up these jams and get ready to dance!
Listen to the story from Week 3: Jesus Helps with a Broken Hand, Matthew 12:9-14, Luke 3:1-6
ASK YOUR KID
How did Jesus help the man in today’s story? He healed his hand.
PARENT BIBLE STUDY
Read: Matthew 12:9-14, Mark 3:1-6
Somewhere along the way, the religious leaders started creating rules that oppressed people rather than supported them. They chose to value their politics and the privilege they earned within their own legalistic system rather than the lives of people. And Jesus came to turn this upside down.
This healing miracle of Jesus on the Sabbath acted as a metaphorical shake of the shoulders. Jesus was telling the Pharisees that this is not what he intended. They’d taken a good thing and used it as an excuse to check out of serving, helping, and loving other people.
Jesus made it clear through words and action that the value of a life trumped all other things. And yet, the Pharisees didn’t get it. They still conspired to trap and destroy Jesus. Why? It is easy to read this story and pick a side. Truthfully, it’s easy to side with Jesus. But there is a Pharisee in all of us. What is getting in the way of us valuing other people’s lives and meeting their needs? Maybe we value our own comfort and security. Maybe we value tidiness and predictability, because it’s messy and risky to enter into other people’s lives and needs. Maybe in the name of good boundaries, we push away the very people God placed in our path to love and lift up.
But there is another side to this story. The man with the withered hand had to make a step towards Jesus right in front of the angry, self-righteous Pharisees. Can you imagine how threatening that must’ve felt? He had to decide that trusting Jesus, and the potential of healing and freedom, was worth the risk of his safety and everything he’d known as a man with a disability. Whenever we are making steps towards healing in our own lives, we have to take the same risk. There is always something at stake, or we would’ve changed the broken things in our lives already. The good news is that Jesus took the man’s hand and healed him completely. And that is exactly what he is after in our lives, too. Full restoration.
Take a humble look inside. In what ways do you identify with the Pharisees in this story?
What is at risk for you to come towards Jesus and ask for healing in the broken parts of your life?
How have you seen Jesus restore and heal you?
“God always helps us in times of trouble,” Psalm 46:1.
THE BIG PICTURE
Our preschool curriculum written for 3-5 year olds. 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 a powerful, loving, and trustworthy friend who cares about us. They learn that God sent Jesus to save the world. In a large group format, preschoolers 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 play a Big Group Game, then transition to small group activities, designed to be led by an adult. We hope preschoolers learn through fun, and begin to understand who God is and how much he loves them.