|Story Passages:||Matthew 8:5-13, Luke 7:1-10|
|Objective:||Children should learn that Jesus is God.|
[Discuss with the children a time when they were sick. Ask them to tell you about it. Did they go to the doctor? Maybe the doctor or their mother gave them some medicine and they got better...]
Today we are going to learn about a man who was very sick, but got better without a doctor or medicine.
Story: The Centurion's Servant
In a town called Capernaum, there lived a soldier who was called a Centurion. That means he was in charge of about 100 other soldiers. One day, one of his servants got very sick [show visual]. He couldn't move. He was in a lot of pain, and it seemed like he was going to die. The Centurion cared about his servant. He was sorry to see him so sick. Then he heard some good news. Jesus was coming to town! [show visual] He had heard that Jesus could make sick people well. When Jesus heard about the sick servant, he said,
I will go to him and heal him.
But the Centurion said,
Lord, don't trouble yourself. I don't deserve to have you come to my house. But you can just say the word and he will be well.
Jesus was surprised, but happy, to see how much the Centurion trusted him and believed in his power. Jesus said to him,
Go home. It will be done just as you believed it would.So the Centurion went home and his servant was well again [show visual]. Jesus had made him well!
Application: Jesus is God
Jesus was able to make him well because Jesus is God. Only God could make someone well just by saying so.
Copyright © 2004—2007, Jill Eady and the Galion Grace Brethren Church. See licensing for information about rights and permissions. Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.