Bible Passage: Luke 17
Story Point: Jesus healed ten men, and one was saved.
Key Passage: Isaiah 53:4-5
Show videos: There is a video for Early Childhood, and one for Elementary. If you have children in both age groups, show both!
Discussion Time: Follow up with the following questions. Answers are provided, but first see what your child comes up with.
Early Childhood 2-5 years old:
- Why did the ten men cry out to Jesus for help? (They had a skin disease and wanted Jesus to help them.)
- Jesus healed the ten men, but how many came back to thank Jesus? (One man came back.)
- What did the man do when he returned to see Jesus? (The man praised God, fell down at Jesus’ feet, and thanked Him.)
- What did Jesus tell the man? (Jesus told him to go on his way and that he was saved because he had faith.)
- Why did God create people? God created people to love Him and give Him glory.
Elementary 1st-5th Grade:
- How many men did Jesus heal of leprosy? (ten, Luke 17:17)
- How many returned to praise Jesus and thank Him? (one, Luke 17:15-16)
- Why did Jesus say the one Samaritan was saved? (because of his faith, Luke 17:19)
- Do you feel more like the man who thanked Jesus, or the nine who did not? Encourage kids to share their thoughts and try to answer honestly. Be prepared to share your own experience of times you honored God for His goodness and times you struggled to. Help kids to see that our sinful hearts often take God’s goodness for granted. We expect only good and forget that God can use hard times for His glory.
- How do you show God you are thankful to Him? Guide kids to discuss the different ways we can give thanks to, glorify, and honor God. Help them see that we can worship God in our words and with our actions. Remind them that obedience to God, parents, and teachers is a great way to show God you trust and love Him. We can also show His love to others.
- When might it be difficult to show God you love Him and are thankful? Help kids see that when we are in the midst of difficult times, such as when we are sick or in pain, we might find it difficult to see God’s work around us. Encourage kids that everything God does is for His glory and our good, even in the middle of difficult or sad circumstances.
Activity: Stuck on Jesus
Supplies: felt, scissors, markers, adhesive magnets
Provide each child with a 2-by-4-inch piece of felt. Instruct the kids to draw a bandage shape and cut it out. Help the kids attach an adhesive magnet to the back of their bandages. Then, ask the kids to write Jesus heals on their bandages.
Say • Jesus healed ten men, and one was saved. When a person believes that Jesus died on the cross for her sin and rose from the dead, she is saved. When we are saved, God gives us the Holy Spirit to help us love and obey God. Over time, Jesus heals the damage sin causes in our lives. Although physical healing is a blessing, being saved from sin and healed of the damage it causes is the best thing we can receive from Jesus.