Bawb learns to love—even when it’s hard to do. Through this four-part series, preschoolers will see that Jesus wants us to love each other no matter what. This week we told the story of Jesus helping a lame man walk again, John 5:1-15
Get out of your seat, crank up these jams and get ready to dance!
Check out the story from week 2 of “Bawb Learns to Love”
ASK YOUR KID
What did Jesus tell the man by the pool? “Get up and walk.”
Who does Jesus want us to love? Each other
PARENT BIBLE STUDY
Read: John 5:1-15
“Do you want to be healed?”
This was the question Jesus asked a man who had been sick for 38 years. Jesus approached him while passing by the Pool of Bethesda, which was, according to urban legend, no ordinary pool. Supposedly, an angel would periodically come down and stir the water in the pool, causing it to bubble. The first person to jump in the water would be healed. Consequently, the pool was crowded with tons of sick and hurting people. Out of the whole crowd, though, Jesus approached this man with that question.
Wasn’t the answer obvious? The man had been unable to walk for 38 years! But it’s an important question. With Jesus, God in human form, standing right in front of him, the man lamented about his inability to get in the water. He had no one to help him. He was all alone, and his answer communicated his hopelessness. Jesus wanted this man to understand that all he needed was now standing right there with him. He didn’t need magic water or angels or any human to help him; he just needed Jesus.
Whether physically, financially, emotionally, or spiritually; on some level, we can all relate to the helplessness and hopelessness of the man in this story. When our problems persist for what seems like forever, it can be so easy to lose sight of Jesus and to just give up hope. It takes energy to even want to be healed, and our weakness can become our identity.
Our desire or lack of desire for healing doesn’t limit God’s power and ability to heal us, but he loves us, so he doesn’t force anything on us. Instead, he asks us the same question he asked the man by that pool. Do you want to be healed? And in doing so he reminds us that all we need is found in him.
In one Bible translation of this story, Jesus’ healing of this man is described as making him whole. What areas of your life feel broken? Do you want to be made whole?
“The Lord is all I need. He takes care of me,” Psalm 16:5. Write this verse down and memorize it this week. In what ways is this simple truth hard (or easy) for you to believe?
“Love each other,” John 15:12.
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.