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Sunday Morning 9/10 (Unit 24, Session 3: Jesus Healed a Woman and Raised a Girl)

Jesus had just returned from the region of the Gerasenes, where He had healed a man with an unclean spirit. He crossed the Sea of Galilee and came on shore, where He was surrounded by a large crowd of people. News of Jesus’ teachings and healings was spreading, and people wanted to see Jesus. They wanted to learn from Him and be healed.

Jairus, a leader in the synagogue, came to Jesus in crisis. His daughter was at the point of death. Without Jesus’ help, she would surely die. Jesus went with Jairus, but as He walked, a woman in the crowd came up behind Him and touched His robes. She too was desperate for healing. The woman believed that Jesus’ power was strong enough to heal her even if all she did was touch His robes. Because she had faith, Jesus healed her.

Imagine Jairus’s devastation when he heard that his daughter had died. The people suggested that Jesus was too late to help her, but Jesus proved them wrong. He went to Jairus’s house and raised the little girl from the dead.

By healing the woman and raising the little girl from the dead, Jesus showed His power as the Messiah. Jesus died on the cross and rose again to save people from sin and death. When we trust in Jesus, God forgives our sin and changes us to be more like His Son.

As you talk with your kids, point out that the woman and the father of the little girl came to Jesus in faith. They needed Jesus’ help, and they trusted in Jesus’ power to heal. After Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, He ascended to heaven. Even though Jesus is not physically on earth today, we can pray and ask God to heal people who are sick. Whether or not God grants physical healing, we can rest knowing that He brings ultimate healing through His Son, Jesus.

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FAMILY STARTING POINTS

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • Jesus healed people.
    • A woman touched Jesus’ robes to be healed.
    • Jesus made a little girl alive again.
    • Jesus has power over sickness and death.
  • Preschool
    • What did Jesus heal people from? Jesus healed people from sickness, sin, and death.
    • Jesus healed a woman and raised a girl from the dead.
  • Kids
    • What did Jesus heal people from? Jesus healed people from sickness, sin, and death.
    • Jesus healed a bleeding woman and raised a girl from the dead.

 UNIT KEY PASSAGE

  • Psalm 103:2-3 (Babies and Toddlers: Psalm 103:3)

 NEXT WEEK

  • “Jesus Raised Lazarus” (John 11:1-7,17-44)
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Sunday Morning 9/03 (Unit 24, Session 2: Jesus Has Power Over Evil)

Jesus had enemies. In the midst of His public ministry, the Jewish religious leaders began plotting to kill Him. (See Mark 3:6.) So one day, Jesus went to a land on the east side of the Sea of Galilee where Gentiles lived. Jesus’ mission to the Gentiles was not a backup plan after the Jews rejected Him; when Jesus was an infant, Simeon prophesied that His work would be for all people—both Jews and Gentiles. (See Luke 2:30-32.)

In that land was a man who needed help. An evil spirit was inside the man, and he suffered greatly. The people had tried to control the man by tying him up with chains, but the man broke free. So he lived alone in the tombs, crying out day and night.

When Jesus stepped ashore, the man ran to Him and kneeled down. Jesus commanded the evil spirit to come out of the man. Many evil spirits were in the man, and Jesus gave the evil spirits permission to go into a herd of pigs. They did, and the man was healed.

The healed man wanted to follow Jesus, but Jesus told the man to go home to his own people and tell what the Lord had done for him. The man obeyed Jesus. He testified to the cities in that area about the Lord’s mercy, and the Gentiles were amazed.

Jesus is Lord over all things, good and evil. In His teaching, Jesus said, “If I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you” (Matt. 12:28). Jesus—as well as the Bible—is clear that Satan exists, and he and the demons work against God and His purposes.

Only Jesus had the strength to control the man with the evil spirits. Jesus has power over evil, and He used His power to free the man. He has power over everything. Jesus came to earth to destroy the Devil by dying on the cross. One day, Jesus will end evil forever.

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FAMILY STARTING POINTS

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • Jesus healed people.
    • Jesus healed the man with the bad spirit.
    • Jesus told the man to tell everyone what God did for him.
    • Jesus has power because He is God’s Son.
  • Preschool
    • What did Jesus heal people from? Jesus healed people from sickness, sin, and death.
    • Jesus healed a man with many evil spirits.
  • Kids
    • What did Jesus heal people from? Jesus healed people from sickness, sin, and death.
    • Jesus healed a man with many evil spirits.

 UNIT KEY PASSAGE

  • Psalm 103:2-3 (Babies and Toddlers: Psalm 103:3)

 NEXT WEEK

  • “Jesus Healed a Woman and Raised a Girl” (Mark 5:21-43)
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Sunday Morning 08/06 (Unit 23, Session 1: Jesus Turned Water to Wine)

Jesus’ ministry had begun. He called disciples and traveled to the region of Galilee. Jesus spent His time on earth teaching and performing miracles, preparing for His ultimate mission: to die on the cross for the salvation of sinners. Jesus’ miracles were signs that pointed to greater truths about who Jesus is and why He had come.

John 2 records Jesus’ first miracle at a wedding in Cana. Jesus’ mother told Jesus that the wine had run out. Culturally, running out of wine was a big deal. Weddings were important events, and the celebration could last a week. To run out of wine was a social disaster. But Jesus responded in a surprising way: “What has this concern of yours to do with Me, woman? My hour has not yet come” (John 2:4).

To understand Jesus’ answer, remember that Jesus’ miracles were not an end unto themselves. They were signs, pointing to something greater. When the wine ran out, Jesus turned water to wine to show that He is the Messiah, the Son of God.

Jesus offers us something greater than wine—Himself. Jesus is the true Vine. On that day, His hour had not yet come. Jesus knew what lay ahead; to give us Himself, He would shed His own blood by dying on the cross for our sin.

When Jesus’ disciples witnessed His miracle, the jars of wine were not the focus of their awe and wonder. Through the miracle, Jesus displayed His glory and His disciples believed in Him. Jesus was driven by His Father’s plan—not to simply solve the problem of lacking wine, but to solve the deepest problem we face, the problem of sin.

As you talk with your kids, point them beyond Jesus’ miracles to see Jesus for who He is. Jesus performed miracles to help people believe that He is the Messiah, the Son of God. Jesus has power over everything, and those who believe in Him will have eternal life.

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FAMILY STARTING POINTS

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • Jesus did miracles.
    • Jesus turned water into wine.
    • Jesus showed people His power.
    • Jesus is powerful because He is God’s Son.
  • Preschool
    • Why did Jesus perform miracles? Jesus performed miracles to show He is God’s Son.
    • Jesus turned water into wine.
  • Kids
    • Why did Jesus perform miracles? Jesus performed miracles to glorify God and prove He is God the Son.
    • Jesus’ first miracle was to turn water into wine.

 UNIT KEY PASSAGE

  • John 20:31

 NEXT WEEK

  • “Jesus Provided bread from Heaven” (Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:30-44; John 6:1-14)
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