Unit 22, Session 4: Jesus Healed a Man Who Was Blind

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Unit 22, Session 2: Jesus Healed a Man Who Was Blind

In the Old Testament, Isaiah prophesied about the coming Messiah. Isaiah 35:5-6 tells about a time when “the eyes of the blind will be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then the lame will leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute will sing for joy.” When God the Son came to earth, He came as a Healer—removing skin diseases, raising the dead to life, making the lame walk, and giving sight to the blind.

John 9 gives us a glimpse of the kingdom of God, where creation is redeemed, and opens our eyes to the greater purpose of suffering in our lives. The disciples asked Jesus a question that many still wrestle with today: Why is this person suffering? (In this case, why was this man born blind?) Was it because of sin?

Jesus’ answer gives hope to anyone facing suffering: “Neither this man nor his parents sinned. This came about so that God’s works might be displayed in him” (John 9:3). Because Jesus is Lord over everything, all suffering in this life has meaning and purpose.

Miraculously, Jesus gave sight to the man who was blind. The man’s neighbors noticed the change, and he told them what Jesus had done for him. But the reaction of the religious leaders—skepticism and unbelief—reveals a different kind of blindness: spiritual blindness. Sin keeps us from seeing what is true about God. Jesus came as light into a dark world. He helps us see what is true so we can know God.

Our sin makes us unable to see the truth about God. Jesus came as a light in a dark world. He came to give us sight—true understanding of God and His kingdom. Those who trust in Jesus see who He is and worship Him.

Those who trust in Jesus are freed from sin and worship Jesus as Lord. We can live fully in the light of Jesus as we seek to make Him known to others so that their eyes might be opened to the truth of the gospel as well.


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Jesus A Man Who Was Blind
 John 9

 

Our sin makes us unable to see the truth about God. Jesus came as a light in a dark world. He came to give us sight—true understanding of God and His kingdom. Those who trust in Jesus see who He is and worship Him.


STORY POINT:

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KEY VERSE:

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BIG PICTURE
QUESTION:

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Family Discussion Questions

  •  How can we gain spiritual sight?
  • How does sin keep us from seeing what is true about God?
  • Whom did the man who couldn’t see have faith in?
  • What does it mean to be spiritually blind?
  • What are ways God has used hard times to show His power in your family’s lives?

Worship

Game Ideas

Blind Leaders
 

-Use tape to make a simple but winding path on the floor.
 
-Select someone in your family to wear blindfolds and attempt to navigate the
path.
 
-Play additional rounds where other people in your family  can call out
instructions to get through the path and rounds where the blindfolded kids are led by a kid who grasps their shoulders to gently steer them.
 
 

                                                                     CONNECTION:

That was pretty hard to navigate such a winding path. If the kids leading you were also blindfolded, it would have been impossible. Jesus gave sight to a man who was blind. In John 9:39-41, Jesus told people that He came to give sight to those who are blind and make those who can see become blind. Jesus was speaking about the Pharisees. They were spiritually blind. They thought they understood everything there was to know about God, but they did not believe in Jesus, God’s own Son. We are all born spiritually blind—dead in sin. When we trust in Jesus, our hearts are able to understand who Jesus is and worship Him.

Eye Test
 

-Before the game, make an eye chart by drawing letters on a poster board decreasing in size after each row.
 
-Instruct the kids to stand about 10 feet away and cover one eye.
 
-Can the kids read aloud all the letters, even those that are written in the smallest print?

 
 
CONNECTION:
 
This kind of eye chart is often used by eye doctors to figure out how good or bad a person’s eyesight might be. Today we heard a story about a man who had no eyesight at all. What do you think Jesus did for the man who was blind?

Serving
Jesus

You're never too young to serve Jesus!

Think of someone you know who may be going through a hard time (maybe someone who lost their job or just had a baby) and put together a care package for them as a family. You can do a porch drop and let that person/people know you are thinking about them and praying for them.