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Jesus Heals a Noble’s Son & A Crippled Man

To Remember: Jesus proved He was from God by healing people

Vocabulary

  • Faith: to believe, trust

Lesson -

John 4:46-54 He came therefore again unto Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum. 47 When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son; for he was at the point of death. 48 Jesus therefore said unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will in no wise believe. 49 The nobleman said unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die. 50 Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy son lives. The man believed the word that Jesus spoke unto him, and he went his way. 51 And as he was now going down, his servants met him, saying, that his son lived. 52 So he inquired of them the hour when he began to amend. They said therefore unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him. 53 So the father knew that it was at that hour in which Jesus said unto him, Thy son lives: and himself believed, and his whole house. 54 This is again the second sign that Jesus did, having come out of Judaea into Galilee.

After talking to the woman at the well, Jesus traveled to Cana in Galilee. While He was there a nobleman whose son was very sick came to him. He asked Jesus twice to come and heal his son, who was in Capernaum. Jesus told the man that his son would live, and to go home. The man believed Jesus, without seeing any change, or demanding that Jesus see his son in person. On his way home, his servants met him on the way to tell him that the boy was well. The noble asked them what time of day he had improved, and it turned out to be the same hour Jesus had declared that he was fine. This converted the man’s house to Christ. His miracle proved He was who He claimed to be.

Graphic: The man asks Jesus to heal his son. Use as a puzzle or illustration.

True or False

  1. The noble asked Jesus five times to come to Capernaum.   F (only twice)

  2. Jesus touched the son and healed him.    F (never close)

  3. On his way home, the servants met the noble.   T

  4. The boy had been healed the same hour Jesus said he was.  T

  5. Faith means believing without proof.   F (based on proof)

SING: He’s got the whole world in His hands

John 5:1-9 After these things there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the sheep gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew Bethesda, having five porches. 3 In these lay a multitude of them that were sick, blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. 4 for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the waters stepped in was made whole, with whatsoever disease he was holden. 5 And a certain man was there, who had been thirty and eight years in his infirmity. 6 When Jesus saw him lying, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he said unto him, Would thou be made whole? 7 The sick man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steps down before me. 8 Jesus said unto him, Arise, take up thy bed, and walk. 9 And straightway the man was made whole, and took up his bed and walked. Now it was the sabbath on that day.

There was a pool of water in Bethesda that was said to heal men if they dipped in it when it stirred. Jesus approached a man who had been crippled for 38 years. He asked if the man would like to be healed? The man said he couldn’t, because he couldn’t get to the water when it stirred, because no one would help him. Jesus answered, “Rise, take up thy bed and walk.” And he did.

Now it happened that it was the Sabbath day, and certain Jews told him it was sinful to carry his bed on the Sabbath. They didn’t understand that a great miracle had happened. The man told them he’d been healed and told to take his bed and walk away. He didn’t know who it was that healed him. Later Jesus met him in the temple, and forgave him of his sins. Then the man knew who it was. He told the Jews it was Jesus, and they sought to punish Jesus for doing this on a sabbath. They did not understand the meaning of the miracle, that Jesus was come from God.

SING: The wise man built his house upon the rock.

True or False

  1. The man had been crippled for eight years. F (38)

  2. Jesus carried the man into the water. F (He healed with a word)

  3. The man knew Jesus by his miracle. F (By his forgiveness)

  4. Jesus told the man to “Rise, take up thy bed and walk” T

  5. The Jews were angry that Jesus had healed a man. T

Activities

  • Memory Work

    • John 4:48 "Jesus therefore said unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will in no wise believe."

  • Twenty Questions: man by the pool, nobleman’s son

  • Acting Out: Interview witnesses of Christ’s miracles

Review Questions

  1. How did Jesus prove he was the Son of God? By performing miracles.

  2. Did Jesus always heal people the same way? No

  3. Did Jesus have to touch a person to heal him? No

  4. Can Jesus heal anything? Yes

  5. Did Jesus expect people to believe him without proof? No

  6. Did Jesus expect people to believe in Him, once He gave them proof? Yes

 

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