Hey BridgeKids Families!
Jesus was in Capernaum, a city on the Sea of Galilee. The Pharisees and scribes—teachers of the law—came to listen to Jesus’ teaching. They were curious about His message and wanted to make sure He was teaching things that were true. So many people came that they crowded the house; there was no more room.
Open your Bibles to Mark 2:1-12. If you have younger kids you can use a story Bible to read it with them. Here you will read about how that day, four friends came to see Jesus. The four men carried their friend who was paralyzed. Jesus had healed people before—even people who were paralyzed. (See Matt. 4:24; 8:6.) The men believed Jesus came from God, and He could heal people. So their faith led to action. Because the friends could not get through the crowd, they carried their friend to the roof and lowered him down to Jesus.
The man who was paralyzed needed to be healed. Jesus knew this and did something even greater; Jesus forgave his sins, and then He healed the man. Because Jesus is God, He has the power and authority to heal and forgive. Jesus forgives those who trust in Him.
Jesus’ words to the paralyzed man surprised the Pharisees and teachers of the law. Rather than saying, “Get up and walk,” Jesus said, “Your sins are forgiven.” The religious leaders kept quiet, but Jesus knew their thoughts. They accused Jesus of blasphemy, dishonoring God by claiming to do what only God can do. But Jesus did not blaspheme. He is God, and He has authority to forgive sins.
Jesus asked them, “Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’?” Simply saying, “Your sins are forgiven,” seems to be the easier thing, but to actually forgive sins is harder, something only God can do. As God, Jesus has the power and authority to heal and forgive. And Jesus knew He would take the man’s sins upon Himself on the cross—an act of love that would cost Him His life.
Jesus healed the paralyzed man to prove to the religious leaders His power to forgive. Mark 2:12 records the crowd’s reaction: “They were all astounded and gave glory to God, saying, ‘We have never seen anything like this!’”
Ask the questions:
- The people came to hear Jesus teach in what city? (Capernaum, Mark 2:1)
- How crowded was the house where Jesus preached? (There was no more room, Mark 2:2)
- How many friends carried the man who was paralyzed? (four friends, Mark 2:3)
- How did the men get their friend to Jesus? (They removed the roof above Jesus and lowered the man down, Mark 2:4)
- What did Jesus see in the four friends? (their faith, Mark 2:5)
- What did the religious leaders accuse Jesus of doing? (blaspheming, or speaking against God; Mark 2:6-7)
- What did Jesus tell the man to do? (to get up, pick up his mat, and go home; Mark 2:11)
- How did the crowd react? (They were astounded and gave glory to God, Mark 2:12)
- What did Jesus heal people from? Jesus healed people from sickness, sin, and death.
- Serving Opportunity: In light of making room, we are ready for more people to hug some BridgeBabies! If you have been waiting for the perfect time to rock babies, now is the time. We are looking for several more adults to serve our precious little ones in nursery space. This would mean serving during the 8:30 or 11:30 service at least every other week. If you are interested, reply to this e-mail and David George will follow up with you.
- Christmas Eve: LifeBridge is hosting a Christmas Eve service on December 24 at 4 pm. This will be an hour long service filled with a lot of music. In fact, our BridgeKids will be singing one of their favorite Christmas songs we have been singing every Sunday. Bring the whole family out to this awesome event to kick off your Christmas festivities!