Lesson Title: Jesus Heals a Paralyzed Man
Scripture: Mark 2: 1-12
Our theme is FRIENDS

What’s happening in this story? 

A paralyzed man’s friends bring him to Jesus.  When they can’t reach the door because of the crowd, they cut a hole through the roof and lower the man to Jesus.  Jesus proclaims the man’s sins forgiven, but some scribes accuse him of blasphemy, declaring that only God can forgive sins.  To demonstrate that he does in fact have such authority, Jesus commands the man to stand and walk.  The paralyzed man jumps up and the bystanders glorify God. 

What does this story mean for kids? 

Kids can hear this story from the viewpoint of the paralyzed man and of his friends.  Like the man, kids know what it’s like to sometimes need extra help.  Ask kids who helps them in such situations, and how they feel about that.  This story shows the lengths to which friends can go to help each other.  It also shows Jesus’ power to heal people, both in body and in spirit.  

Why this theme?  

This story is a fun one for kids because of the drama of men tearing a hole in the roof and lowering their friend into the house – all to get him to Jesus.  Kids can wonder about what some people in their lives have done to get them to Jesus.  
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Taken directly from Whirl Sunday School Curriculum 2016

Whirl Classroom Sunday School Curriculum. Sparkhouse, 2016.