Bible Point: Jesus wants to forgive us.
Verse: Mark 2:1-12
How exciting to have such dear friends that they would not only
have the faith to carry you to see Jesus, but would then "raise the
roof" for you! As you tell this story, remind your children that
not only did Jesus heal the crippled man, but, more important, he
forgave his sins. Explain to the children that Jesus told the man
that he was forgetting every bad thing that the man had ever done.
Remind your children that Jesus wants to forgive their sins,
Before you begin, make sure that you have a large beach towel
and a paper outline of a man that can be attached to the beach
towel. Also, make a square house out of chairs by setting them side
by side with the seats facing out. Make the "house" large enough
for your class to sit inside but small enough to be crowded while
they are in it.
Say: Jesus had gone to Capernaum and was
talking to a group of people in a house. Choose a child to be
Jesus, and place him or her in the house. The house was very
crowded. Have all but four children go into the house with Jesus.
Everyone was listening to Jesus talk when, all of a sudden, four
people came up carrying a crippled man on a mat. Give the four
remaining children the beach towel mat with the paper man placed in
the center, and have them carry it to the door of the house. But
there was no way they were going to get in through the door. So
they came up with a better plan: They would lower their friend down
through the roof. Help the four children with the mat climb up on
the chairs and lower the mat down into the house. Have children
inside the house make room for the mat to be placed on the
The people inside were very surprised! Have the children inside
the house make surprised faces.
Ask: How would you feel if someone started
coming through our ceiling?
Say: When Jesus saw them, he did something
amazing. He told the crippled man that his sins were forgiven.
Well, some of the important teachers who were there didn't like
that. Have children cross their arms and make grouchy faces. "How
can you forgive this man's sins? Doe you think that you are God?"
they said. Jesus said to the grouchy men, "I will show you that I
am the Son of God. I can forgive his sins and tell him to get up
and walk." So Jesus turned to the crippled man and said, "Get up,
pick up your mat, and go home!" Have one child pick up the paper
man from the mat and pretend to walk him out of the house.
Wow, how exciting for the crippled man!
Ask: How would you feel if you could walk all
of a sudden?
Say: Jesus loved the man so much that he healed
him and said that he forgave all the bad things he had ever done.
Jesus forgives the bad thing we've done, too.