Yesterday Jesus walked on water in our Sunday School lesson, and today Jesus heals a paralytic. I like this lesson because there’s so much personality in it.
What I learn from Jesus heals a paralytic
Short answer: it’s great to have good friends.
I mean this guy has friends that are willing to commit acts of vandalism for him. That’s a good friend for you.
Longer answer: Don’t give up when you see problems.
That’s not really longer, but those are my two big takeaways, find the right friends, and don’t give up when you encounter a problem. All too often I see people run into problems and say, “God is telling me it wasn’t meant to be.” What a defeatist attitude, don’t give up now.
Jesus heals a paralytic lesson
Since I’ve filmed the last couple of Bible lessons the kids were sure we were going to film this one and they got even more excited when I said they were acting it out and happily put on their 5 minute Bible costumes.
Princess had grand plans of doing ads between scenes, ADS! I think there might have been mutters of rebellion when I broke the news we weren’t filming because everyone was in the skit. Their solution was Daddy should film it. That didn’t happen.
Once there was a man who couldn’t walk.
But he had 4 great friends who heard Jesus was coming to teach.
So these men got together and carried their friend to the house Jesus was in, but they couldn’t get in.
They saw stairs to the roof and climbed up carrying their friend the whole way.
Eventually, they got up on top and they dug through the roof to lower their friend.
Jesus saw the man being lowered and said to him, “Your sins are forgiven.”
But the Pharisees heard this and thought, “How does he have the right to forgive sins. Only God can do that.”
Jesus knew what they were thinking and said, “And so you know I have the power to forgive sins. Get up and walk.” And the man got up and walked.
Such a simple story, but it’s amazing what they learned from it. The value of friendship, the importance of sacrifice, AND Jesus has the power to forgive sins. That’s a big deal.
Jesus heals the paralytic game
This is one we’re going to do with my Sunday school class. You need a beach towel and a willing group of kids.
Each person grabs a corner of the towel, and they have to carry their teammate on the towel to the other side of the room and back. Depending on how mean you’re feeling they can’t let their friend touch the ground.
It’s a very fun game, and since we tend to be covering the gospels in winter when we can’t always go outside, it’s great to have that game to play.
I had a craft we were going to do, but the kids were antsy, it was our first day of sunny weather after 10 days of cold and drizzle, so we opted to go outside and play at a park with friends instead. I think it was a good decision.
As a side note, when you let your kids take some of the pictures for the story you end up with over 100 pictures like this.
Jesus heals a paralytic lesson printable
Jesus heals a paralytic resources
I love this video and how she tells the lesson.
And this Jesus heals a paralytic craft
For the rest of our Gospel Bible lessons head over to the Gospel page. Next up in the story Jesus raises Jairus’ daughter.
Also, I’m continually adding more ideas to my Gospel Pinterest board, so make sure to check it out. Follow Ticia Adventures in Mommydom’s board Gospels on Pinterest.
The whole way through this lovely post, all I could think was how much I wanted a beard like the one (s) your sons were sporting. Are they home made? Just brilliant!
Yes they are, I’m planning a whole Bible costume tutorial in May when people are gearing up for VBS, but short answer to make them.
I bought 1/4 yard of fake fur at the store and several yards of thin ribbon.
Cut the beards into a roughly beardish looking shape.
Cut the ribbon out to about 18 inches long.
Sew the ribbon onto the corners of the beard and loop it over your head behind your ears.
The long gray beard is fake fleece for an old man’s beard.
Natalie PlanetSmartyPants says
We had a Russian comedy on this topic but set in modern times. It was based on the premise that “paralytic” and his friends were scammers. It was quite funny actually. It looks like your kids really got into the skit!
That would be funny to see.
So much into it, it’s kind of funny.
Chris C says
I love your lesson material and crafts but I’m unable to download your story pages for the paralytic man through the roof.
Can you help?
I had made an error in linking to them, and it should be fixed now. Let me know, if you can’t click on it, and I’ll email a copy to you.
Flo Worster says
What did you use to tell the story? Is that foam board cut into 4 pieces? And how did you attach them so you could move them freely?
I LOVE this!
It’s not my video, but from the attempt I made using it, I used foam board, and brads to let it move fairly freely.