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Jesus was in a house in the town of Capernaum (kuh PER nih um). There were so many people in the house that on one else could even get in the door!
Some men brought their friend to Jesus. The man was a paralytic (pair uh LIT ik). He was paralyzed and could not move. His friends believed that Jesus could make him well, but they couldn't even get in the door.
They had an idea. They would find another way into the house. If they could get up on the roof, they could remove a part of the roof and make a hole above the crowd. That is just what they did. Then they attached ropes to the bed on which their friend was lying and slowly lowered him down into the room, right in front of Jesus!
When Jesus saw their faith, he said, "Son, your sins are forgiven."
Some Jewish leaders were sitting there and they were thinking, "Only God can forgive sins. How can this man tell him that his sins are forgiven."
Jesus knew what they were thinking. He said, "Which is easier, to say ' Your sins are forgiven', or 'Take up your bed and walk'?" Of course the easier thing would be to say,'Your sins are forgiven'. Jesus was God and really could forgive sins, but there would be no way to prove if this had really happened.
So to prove to them that he could forgive sins, He did the harder thing. He said, "Take up your bed and walk." And the man who had been unable to move, stood up and walked. Everyone could see what had happened as a result of Jesus' words.
The people could hardly believe their eyes. They had never seen such power!
Read the story in Spanish
Bajando por el Techo
Read the story in Amharic
What does this story
mean to me?
We can learn a lesson about friendship from this story. The lame man had some very good friends. They were determined to get their friend to Jesus. They even pulled him up on top of the house and made a hole in the roof to bring him to Jesus.
You can be such a good friend. If your friend knows Jesus, you can encourage him or her. If they do not know Jesus, you can look for ways to bring them to Jesus as the four friends in the story did. Invite them to go to Sunday school or to Vacation Bible School with you. Share the lessons that you have learned with them.
Always set a good example for your friends by doing the right thing.
Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.
Psalm 103:2-3 (NIV)
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1.Where did this event take place?
2. Who brought the paralyzed man to Jesus?
3. Why couldn't they get in to see Jesus?
4.How did they solve the problem?
5. What did Jesus first say to the man?
6. What were the Jewish leaders thinking?
7. What was the "harder" thing Jesus said?
8. Why was this "harder"?
You can read about the Man Through the Roof in the Bible in
Multiple Choice Test
Down Through the Roof - Word Search
Down Through the Roof - Crossword Puzzle
Down Through the Roof - Word Scramble
Mark 2:11-12 Fill-in the Blanks
Bible Pop-Up Adventures
By Tim Dowley / Kregel Publications
Get your kids involved with 6 well-known Bible action stories in this wonderfully engineered pop-up book! With simple text and bright illustrations, children ages 5 to 7 will enjoy learning about these much-loved Bible stories when the images come right off the page! The stories covered in this book are:
- Noah Builds a Great Big Boat
- Brave Little David Meets a Giant
- Daniel and the Hungry Lions
- Jesus Stops a Storm
- The Stranger Who Helped
- A Man Comes Through the Roof
Down Through the Roof
By Jeffrey Burkart / Concordia Publishing House
For more than 35 years, the best-selling Arch® Books Bible story series has captivated children. Each book presents a complete Bible story in a fun-to-read way children can understand and remember. This book retells the story of the Jesus' miraculous healing of the paralyzed man (Mark 2:1-12 and Luke 5:18-26). Softcover from Concordia. Recommended for ages 5-9.
Economical enough to buy class sets and use for reading lessons.
Down Through the Roof, Pencil Fun Books, 10 Pack
By David C. Cook
This Bible story book is fun to read and tells the story of Jesus healing a man lowered through the roof in a simple way so young listeners will find it easy to understand. Plus, children will find "hands-on" scribble activities that gets the child involved in the story. All they need to do is scribble with a pencil over the blank spaces and they'll discover hidden words, pictures, and activities. Comes as a pack of 10 books. Recommended for ages 3 to 7.
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Most Recent Comments ( See more comments on this page ) 2010-12-23
Thanks so much for sharing this! I love the song, and plan to use it when I teach this lesson next week. =D God bless!
This was a very good lesson! I really liked the way there were so many "activities" with each lesson. Thanks so much for a really good sight on which to build a great Sunday School lesson.
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Children's Bible Lessons
David & Goliath
3 Brave Boys
Parable of Talents
Paul's 1st Journey
Paul's 2nd Journey
Paul's 3rd Journey
Paul in Rome
Go to Calvary Chapel and look at story #180 for activities for "Through the Roof".
They have color sheets, crossword puzzles, word finds, and worksheets.
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