Jesus Heals the Sick

To Remember: Jesus heals all our problems: physical, mental, spiritual
  • Leprosy: a contagious disease with no cure that slowly destroyed the body
  • Faith: trusting in God
  • Miracle: doing something through God’s power that otherwise cannot be done by men
Matthew 4:23-24 And Jesus went about in all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of disease and all manner of sickness among the people. 24 And the report of him went forth into all Syria: and they brought unto him all that were sick, holden with divers diseases and torments, possessed with demons, and epileptic, and palsied; and he healed them.
Jesus healed “all manner” of sickness, disease, etc. The people followed him because he could help them. He became famous as a healer.
Life of Jesus Bingo Who gave him the power to heal illness? God. If God gave him the power to heal, did that mean he approved or disapproved of what Jesus taught? It means he approved. So Jesus’ ability to heal was proof that he was sent from God. This was a miracle; Jesus healed people supernaturally. Jesus did miracles to prove he was from God, and not just teaching what he thought was right.
: Jesus loves the little children
If Jesus loves all the little children, would he help us when we are sick? Yes. All we have to do is ask through prayer for God to help us when we are ill, or sad, or facing temptation. Let’s pray to Jesus now and thank him for caring for us.
Read Matthew 8:1-4 And when he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him. 2 And behold, there came to him a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. 3 And he stretched forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou made clean. And straightway his leprosy was cleansed. 4 And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go, show thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
Here Jesus healed a leper. Lepers were outcasts in society because being around one could make you a leper, too. But Jesus loved even these, and healed this man, because the man had faith that Jesus could heal him. Jesus liked it when men believed he could heal them because he was from God. That was the point.

: Color picture of the leper worshipping Jesus. Use as a puzzle or illustration.
SING: He’s got the whole world in his hands

True or False
  1. Jesus healed men using pills and medical techniques. F
  2. We can perform miracles today. F
  3. Healing people proved that Jesus was from God. T
  4. Jesus can help us today with all our problems. T
  5. Jesus does not love the outcasts of this world. F
  6. Faith is necessary to be pleasing to God. T
  7. Jesus healed people in order to become famous. F
  • Acting Out: Tell story about the blind men on the road from the picture. Put blindfolds on the students to see what it is like when you are blind. Pull out objects from a bag and have them identify them.
Memory Work
  • John 20:30-31 Many other signs therefore did Jesus in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book: but these are written, that ye may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye may have life in his name. (ASV)
  • Matthew 4:23 And Jesus went about in all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of disease and all manner of sickness among the people. (ASV)
Have students draw a picture or write a story about a time when they, or family member, were ill. Discuss how God heals the sick today while they are working.
Review Questions
 linguistic questions
  1. Define miracle.
  2. What were the followers of Jesus called?
  activity questions
  1. Describe or draw what the blind men first saw.
  2. Explain what it was like to be a leper.
  emotion questions
  1. How do you think the blind men felt when they were healed?
  2. Does God care about our problems?
application questions
  1. Is there any problem we can have the God can't heal?
  2. Can we handle all our problems by ourselves?
fact questions
  1. Name 3 types of illness Jesus healed while on earth.
  2. Which books of the Bible describe the miracles of Jesus in detail?
review questions
  1. Why did Jesus heal people?
  2. How could some people who witnessed Jesus' miracles not believe?