YEAH! Church - March 6, 202
"Doing Life with Jesus”
Today’s Lesson - “Jesus and the Man Born Blind”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4qZ2KSbdxI (Saddleback Kids – Jesus heals a man born blind)
A Man Born Blind Can See!
Jesus and his disciples were walking along and came across a man who had been born blind. Jesus made mud by spitting on the ground then smeared the mud on the man’s face, then he told him to go wash. After he did, he could see. This was amazing! But Jesus had done this miracle on the Sabbath, so the people took the man to the religious leaders.
John 9:16-, NLT – “Some of the Pharisees said, “This man Jesus is not from God, for he is working on the Sabbath.” Others said, “But how could an ordinary sinner do such miraculous signs?” So there was a deep division of opinion among them.
17 Then the Pharisees again questioned the man who had been blind and demanded, “What’s your opinion about this man who healed you?” The man replied, “I think he must be a prophet.”
18 The Jewish leaders still refused to believe the man had been blind and could now see, so they called in his parents. 19 They asked them, “Is this your son? Was he born blind? If so, how can he now see?” 20 His parents replied, “We know this is our son and that he was born blind, 21 but we don’t know how he can see or who healed him. Ask him. He is old enough to speak for himself.” 22 His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders, who had announced that anyone saying Jesus was the Messiah would be expelled from the synagogue. 23 That’s why they said, “He is old enough. Ask him.”
24 So for the second time they called in the man who had been blind and told him, “God should get the glory for this, because we know this man Jesus is a sinner.” 25 The man replied, “I don’t know whether he is a sinner. But I know this: I was blind, and now I can see!”
26 “But what did he do? How did he heal you?” the religious leaders demanded. 27 “Look!” the man exclaimed. “I told you once. Didn’t you listen? Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples, too?” 28 Then they cursed him and said, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses! 29 We know God spoke to Moses, but we don’t even know where this man comes from.”
30 “Why, that’s very strange!” the man replied. “He healed my eyes, and yet you don’t know where he comes from? 31 We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but he is ready to hear those who worship him and do his will. 32 Ever since the world began, no one has been able to open the eyes of someone born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he couldn’t have done it.”
34 “You were born a total sinner!” they answered. “Are you trying to teach us?” And they threw him out of the synagogue.”
The religious leaders were determined not to believe that Jesus was from God because he did good work on the Sabbath. No matter what the man who was once blind said, they refused to believe the truth. The man, however, refused to be convinced that Jesus was a bad man. He knew that only someone who pleased God could have healed him so that he could now see.
After the leaders threw him out of the synagogue, Jesus found the man and introduced himself. The man was very thankful and worshipped Jesus, who he knew was the God’s promised Messiah.
• The man Jesus healed had been born blind. What do you think it would have been like to see everything for the very first time?
• Jesus had healed the man on the Sabbath. Why did this make the religious leaders think he was a ‘sinner?’
• When the people took the man to the religious leaders, he could not be persuaded that Jesus was bad. What did he think about this man who had healed him?
• The religious leaders kicked the man out of the synagogue because they refused to believe him. But who did he meet shortly afterward? How did he respond to seeing Jesus?
John 5:36, NLT – “But I have a greater witness than John—my teachings and my miracles. The Father gave me these works to accomplish, and they prove that he sent me.”
Prayer – Dear God, thank you for the faith of the man who had been born blind. He knew the truth and he wasn’t afraid to share it. Help me to be as bold for you too.
2022 Theme verses:
Colossians 2:6-7, NLT – “And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”
~ Pastor Jane
In addition to being a church minister, Pastor Jane is also a trained teacher and has many years of experience working with children in churches, camps, daycares and schools. Parents' Corner is provided to give parents and caregivers support especially as pertains to mental health and related topics.
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