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One Busy Day!
Based on: Mark 1:21-34
(It’s not an activity, but just a little background on the story for you, the parent, to read.)
Trusting people or things can be difficult! I have difficulty putting my trust in roller coasters. When I see one speeding down a large dip into a loop, it is hard for me to remember that it is really securely attached to a track. This is similar to my relationship with Christ. I know that I can trust Him, because He loves me; but when I see troubles ahead or I’m not sure where the next turn is going to take me, I sometimes feel afraid.
One thing that always helps me stay on track is the Bible. When I spend time in God’s Word, I read the many stories of how God has loved, helped, healed and saved His people. When I read those stories, it reminds me of all the reasons I have to trust and praise Him.
The Gospel of Mark is a book of action! Mark presents Jesus as the Servant, emphasizing the way in which Jesus helped others. By showing what Jesus accomplished on Earth and how His coming changed the world, Mark proves that Jesus is the Son of God. When we believe in Jesus and choose to follow Him, He changes our lives, too! Jesus is our Savior and helper.
Activity One: Read the intro. Watch the video of the story.
Activity Two: Discuss the story using provided questions as prompts. Prayer.
Activity Three: Respond to the story by doing the activity.
Activity Four: Bless your children
Activity 1: STORY
Introduction:To read the children:
Peter, Andrew, James and John were fishermen. They had been at the Sea of Galilee, throwing and mending their fishing nets, when Jesus had called out to them and asked them to come and follow Him. So they left their jobs and started to follow Jesus right then and there! They were Jesus’ disciples. At this time, Peter was known as Simon.
Jesus’ disciples traveled with Him. One day they came to Capernaum, the town where Peter lived with his wife and her mother.
On Saturday, Jesus went to the synagogue along with most everyone else in Capernaum. (A synagogue was like a church.) In the synagogue, Jesus taught the people about God, reading and explaining the Old Testament to them.
Just about the time Jesus finished speaking, a man began to shout at Him! The shouting man was controlled by an evil spirit—and the words were coming from that spirit. That evil spirit knew EXACTLY who Jesus was! And it was AFRAID! Jesus simply and sternly said to the spirit, “Be quiet! Come out of him!” And of course, the evil spirit DID come out—because even evil spirits have to obey Jesus!
Can you imagine the scene? Listen as I read Mark 1:27. You’ll hear what the people thought and said after this happened. “All the people were amazed. So they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching! And with so much authority! He even gives orders to evil spirits, and they obey him.”
This huge roomful of people must have been completely silent as they watched Jesus deal with that evil spirit. Then, when the evil spirit left, the people probably all talked at once!
This Jesus, this rabbi friend of Peter’s, was VERY different! When He taught, He acted like He knew what He was talking about! And He wasn’t afraid of a screaming evil spirit. He ordered it to leave, and it OBEYED!
Then Jesus and His friends went from the synagogue to Peter’s house. At Peter’s house was one person who had stayed home. Peter’s mother-in-law was very ill. Let’s see what Jesus did when He found out.
Watch the video: Then read the conclusion to the children.
Read to the children after watching the video:
Soon people brought all of their sick friends and family members to Jesus. As it began to get dark, it didn’t get quiet! A big crowd gathered outside Peter’s house. Everyone who knew someone who needed help had brought those people to see Jesus! And what did Jesus do? He went from person to person, kindly healing the sick ones.
What do you think the people in Capernaum did after they learned about Jesus and saw what He did? Every day, the news spread farther, as traders traveled, as farmers went into different towns and as fishermen unloaded their catch in other villages. This was the BIGGEST news!
Activity 2: DISCUSSION
- Who needed help in this story?
- What did Jesus do to show that He was a leader people could trust? (Taught about God. Helped people. Healed people.)
- What did the people in Capernaum do or say when they heard about Jesus? (They were excited and brought sick people to Jesus. They spread the news about Jesus.)
Many people in today’s Bible story discovered that Jesus was an amazing, wonderful person. Many of them decided to let Him be their leader. They wanted Jesus to be in charge of their lives. We can decide to follow Jesus, too.
How can you show that Jesus is in charge of your life? (Pray to Him. Obey commands in the Bible.)
Let’s pray now and let Jesus know He is in charge of our lives.
Encourage children to pray for these things with their own words. Then, transition into a time of prayer for personal requests.
Activity 3: RESPONSE ACTIVITY #1
Response Activity #2 Print and Color
Activity 4: CLOSING BLESSING
We can trust Jesus, because we know He loves us and has taken care of us in so many ways already. We can trust Him to be in charge of our lives. It makes me happy to know that Jesus’ love for us will never, ever, ever, EVER end.
(______________), May you always trust Jesus to be in charge of your life!