See below for resources to use for your family worship time, including a song, coloring page, learning activities activities, teaching materials and ideas for ongoing family fun.
Sing this song together with your kids. Enter full screen and follow the lyrics on the screen.
Teaching Notes on Luke 18:35-43
This story emphasizes the importance of passionately calling out to Jesus. The blind man was not content to let Jesus pass by. We should never approach Jesus with a “ho-hum, take it or leave it” attitude. Rather we should passionately seek after Jesus.
Children will learn that the Lord can do wonderful things in our lives when we have the faith to trust in Him and ask.
“‘Go’, said Jesus, ‘your faith has healed you’.” Luke 18:42
Choose ones that work best for your family or the amount of time you have.
Fill a basket with a variety of items. One of the children will put on a blindfold and try to find a specific item in their basket which the teacher will name. Examples: a toy car, a stuffed dog, a plastic cup, a pencil, an eraser, paper, an apple, a marble. After the child finds the item, the blindfold is removed and the child hands the blindfold to the next team member who will go to the basket to find the item which the teacher names. Continue until all the students have found several items.
BLIND DRAW (Elementary)
Show students a bright vivid photo (flowers or animals, etc.). Have them try to draw what they see. After they have drawn part of the photo, stop them and place a blindfold on them. Have them continue to draw while blindfolded. At the end, ask them which was more difficult.
Tell children to close their eyes and to put out their hand and make a request for a treat, PLEASE! Then the teacher will place a small treat in each hand before they can open their eyes! Or have containers with different small treats and have students draw from each container to make their own treat (ex. M&Ms, skittles, starbursts).
Read Luke 18:35-43 or watch the video below.
As Jesus and His disciples were traveling one day they came across a man. This poor man was sitting on the side of the road, begging for food since he was blind. Why was this man begging for food?
When he heard that it was Jesus walking past, he yelled out, “Jesus, have mercy on me!”.
Some people around him told him to be quiet, but he didn’t stop. He yelled again, “Jesus, have mercy on me!” Why was he yelling?
When Jesus heard him He stopped, and He asked the blind man to come to Him. Jesus asked him what it was that he wanted, and he said, “My teacher, let me see again.” Should he have asked for something more?
Jesus replied, “Go; your faith has made you well.” And immediately the man could see. Why did Jesus not touch him or pray over him or heal him some other way?
I noticed what Jesus said to the blind man. He said, “Go; your faith has made you well.”
Jesus didn’t ask him if he had followed the Ten Commandments. He didn't make him give everything away. He didn’t make him promise to help others, or go to church, or tell others about God and Jesus. Why do you think that is?
Jesus would love it if everyone did all those things. And he would have loved it if the man did those things, but the truth is, he didn't. I don’t. No one does. That’s because we all sin and do things we shouldn’t do.
And even though the blind man didn’t do all of those things, Jesus healed him anyway. Do you know why? Because God doesn’t ask us to earn His mercy. We can’t earn it, but He wants us to have it anyway, so instead of earning it, he just wants us to have faith and ask.
In order to go to heaven, you have to be saved. But can you earn salvation? No, you can’t. Instead, all God asks us to do is have faith and ask. That’s all we have to do. We can’t earn it, but He can give it away.
God still wants us to try to be our best. He still wants us to try to follow the Ten Commandments, and go to church, and tell others about Jesus, but it isn’t going to earn us a place in heaven, just like it wasn’t going to bring the blind man back his eyesight.
We don’t have to worry about trying to earn our way into heaven. We just need to ask God to save us, believe He will, and try our best at everything else. But, we must always remember to ASK.
MAKE IT PERSONAL
Closing: Read the memory verse to the children again. "'Go’, said Jesus, ‘your faith has healed you.'" –Luke 18:42.
Say: As you leave today remember to have faith in Jesus. He can do wonderful things in your life, just like he did in the life of the blind beggar. All we need is to have faith and ask. Close the lesson in prayer, thanking God for all of the blessings that he has given the children and praying that they would continue to grow in their faith in Jesus Christ.
(Say a prayer to close out your time together)
FAMILY ACTIVITIES (REINFORCE)
Check out these activities for ongoing learning and fun with your family!
Let each child draw a large eye with eyebrows and eyelashes on a sheet of paper. Have the children write "I WANT TO SEE JESUS" on the piece of paper. Before the class begins, the teacher will make a BIBLE VERSE EYE CHART that says, "What do you want me to do for you?" The blind man answered, "Rabbi, I want to see." The sentence should start in large letters and get progressively smaller like an eye test. Let the children see if they can read the writing from the largest to the smallest.
Give the children pictures that have been cut out of a magazine. Pictures should represent things that we need and things that we want. The children will then tape or glue under the proper column as the class discusses NEEDS AND WANTS. After the NEEDS/WANTS poster is finished, the teacher can place a long banner slanted across the picture, that the children have painted or colored that will say, "THANK YOU JESUS." Children can also draw and color items if magazine photos are not available.
It Takes a Village
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