May 20, 2012: John 9:1-38, Told for Younger Children
Antiochian Archdiocese Department of Christian Education · May 14, 2012
One day, our Lord Jesus Christ saw a blind man. This man was blind ever since he was born. Our Lord Jesus told His disciples that He was the Light of the world. Then, he spit on the ground. He put the clap that the spit made onto the man’s eyes. He told the man, “Go, and wash in the pool of Silo’am.”
The man obeyed Jesus and was healed! He could see! The man’s neighbors couldn’t believe it was the same man. They argued with each other about it. Finally the man said, “I am the man who was blind. Jesus healed me and now I can see!”
The neighbors took the man to the Pharisees. The Pharisees were upset because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the Jewish day to rest. They argued about whether or not Jesus was from God. They asked the man’s parents if he had really been blind. The parents said, “Yes! He was always blind. We don’t know how he can see now. Ask him—he is old enough to answer for himself.”
Again, the Pharisees asked the man about Jesus. The man said, “All I know is, that though I was blind, now I can see. God listens to people follow Him. If this Man was not from God, He could not have healed me.”
The Pharisees were angry when the man said this. They threw him out of the synagogue. Our Lord Jesus heard that they had thrown the man out. He found the man and asked him, “Do you believe in Me? The man said, “Yes, I believe!” and he worshiped Jesus.
How long had the man in this story been blind?
What did Jesus put on the man’s eyes?
What happened when the man obeyed Jesus and washed in the pool?
Lots of people in this story argue. Tell about one group and why they were arguing.
Did the man who had been blind believe that Jesus was from God? How do you know?
Did you ever hide someplace dark when you were playing hide and seek? Wasn’t it wonderful to come back into the light again? Jesus, the Light of the world, helped the blind man “come back into the light” when He healed his sight.
When you confess your sins, Jesus, the Light of the world, forgives you and brings you back into the light again, too!