Jesus Heals the Sick
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.
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.
SING: 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.
Graphic: 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
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