Bible Truth: Jesus heals me.
Bible Story: Jesus heals a man who could not walk when his friends bring him to Jesus.
Bible Study: Luke 5:17-26; Mark 2:1-12; 1 Peter 2:24; Psalms 103:1-3
Here are a couple different visuals to show as you narrate or read this story from a children's Bible.
This story also lends itself well to a 3-D diorama dramatization in order to show the paralyzed man being lowered through the roof. I created my diorama by inserting felt into a shoe box and then placing my flannel graph characters into the box. I made the paralyzed man and the bed according to the craft instructions found below. I tied yarn to the four corners of the bed, and used a craft stick on top of the box to hold the man in place after lowering him down. Release the yarn from the stick, so that after Jesus heals him the man can stand up, and "carry" his bed. (See the craft tutorial below.)
bend and tell
This is such a simple and genius way to tell this story! I have seen it a few different places, but I have no idea where the concept originated. All you need is four strips of card stock or tag board, a hole punch and three brads. I found the version displayed below here.
four friend weave
The four friends in the story did not give up on helping their friend. In fact their faith is quite commendable! In this game four children work together like the friends in the story. You will need:
- a pillowcase
- a doll or stuffed animal
- field cones or chairs
Here is a coloring page to accompany this story. I suggest gluing four pieces of yarn for the ropes attached to the bed, and gluing a piece of cloth on the blanket covering the man.
In this week's story, Jesus forgives the man's sin and heals him. Print this simple activity sheet based on Psalms 103:2-3. Have the children color the heart, and then let them stick a few band-aids on the heart. Kids love the opportunity to put band-aids on by themselves!
arise and walk
This is the man and bed that I used in the diorama. The children can each make their own to take home and retell the story. You will need:
- this man template (printed on card stock)
- craft sticks
- crayons glue
- hole punch
- permanent marker
|This man's legs did not work. He could not walk. His friends had to carry him on his bed.|
|Jesus healed him! He forgave the man's sin, and told him to take up his bed and go to his house.|
To prepare cut out the man templates, and cut felt into 4 1/2" x 2 1/4" rectangles. Punch a whole in the center of the man's body.
In class, help the children glue their felt pieces to craft sticks. Have them color the man, then attach the the man to the felt with the brad.