In this passage, children will learn about Jesus’ power. Many people were amazed and shocked to discover that Jesus had the power to heal the sick and cast out demons. This account affirms Jesus’ position as the Son of God. Through this lesson children will learn that Jesus is God’s son and as such holds the power to heal the sick and destroy demons. If Jesus had the ability to do this when He walked the Earth then He still has the power to help us today. Through this lesson children will learn that they can pray when they need help, and that Jesus has the power to heal them.
Lesson Title: Jesus Can Heal Sick People
Bible Reference: Mark 1:29-34
Target Age Group: Preschool to Elementary
Learning Context: Sunday School
Target Time Frame: 45 minutes
Focus Verse: “And Jesus healed many who had various diseases.” Mark 1:34a
- Jesus has the power to heal the sick.
- Jesus will hear me when I pray.
- Jesus has the ability to heal me as well.
Basic Supply List:
- A couple Boxes of Band-Aids
- Construction Paper
- Crayons, Markers, Glue, Glitter, Etc.
- Pretend Doctor Kit
- Optional prayer coloring pages
- Download the “Jesus heals” coloring page ESV or see more language options
Note: In the teaching plan below the words in italics are meant to be read aloud. The regular text is simply directions for the teacher.
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Introduction: Begin the class by singing a Bible song with the class. Below are the lyrics for Jesus loves the Little Children, but feel free to use whatever song you would like. When all the children have arrived have them sit down for the Bible lesson.
Biblical Evidence: Read Mark 1:29-31. Ask the class to think of a time when they were sick. Allow a few students to share. Ask them what they had to do to get well. Allow for responses. Remind them that typically when someone is sick they take medicine, visit the doctor, and rest to get well. Explain that Simon’s mother-in-law was very sick in bed, whenever Jesus came to her. Jesus was not a doctor, but He was abler to heal her just by taking her hand. Now, ask how Jesus did this. Allow for responses then explain that Jesus could do this because He is God’s son and essentially a part of God. Power to heal can only come from God. Ask, Do you think God has the power to heal you if you are sick? Allow for responses, then tell the class that God is with us and hears our prayers. He has the ability to heal the sick today just like He healed Simon’s Mother-in-law.
Read Mark 32-34. Ask the class what they think everyone thought of Jesus once they saw Him heal the sick. Allow for responses then explain that everyone was amazed at His power. Everyone who heard about what He had done was amazed at Him and knew that He was someone special. Explain that Jesus healed people so that others would see that He was truly powerful and would believe in Him when they found out that He claimed to be God’s Son. Jesus wasn’t ready to tell everyone who He was yet, but this event helped get everyone ready to accept that He was who He claimed to be. Say, We can also believe that Jesus is God because He had the power to heal people. Only God can do that!
Band-Aid Races: Divide the children into groups of 4 or 5. Give each group 20 Band-Aids. One child will be the ‘sick child’ and the others will unwrap the Band-Aids and cover the ‘sick child’ as quickly as possible. The first group to stick on all the Band-Aids wins.
Get Well Cards: Use whatever materials you have to make Get Well cards with your students. Give these cards to either sick people in your church or deliver them to a local children’s hospital. Tell the class that their cards will be going to actual people. As a class, pray that God will heal the people who will be receiving the cards.
Dramatic Play: Bring a play doctor kit to church and allow the kids to pretend to be doctors and try to make each other better. Remind them that Jesus can heal people tool.
Learn the Bible Verse: Use the following hand motions to memorize the Bible verse.
- And Jesus- Point to the sky
- Healed Many- Hold hands out in front of you, palms up, and move from center to outside
- Who had various- Point to your skim like you are pointing at Chicken Pox.
- Diseases-Pretend to scratch your arms like they itch, then stop and smile.
Closing: Close by reminding the class that Jesus has the power to heal the sick because He is God’s Son. Pray together, thanking God for sending Jesus to us.
Song: Jesus Loves the Little Children
Jesus loves the little children,
All the children of the world.
Red, brown, yellow, black and white,
All are precious in his sight,
Jesus loves the little children of the world.
See some alternate lyrics on Wikipedia