Sept 20 (Part 1): One of the most important points of this story happens at the beginning, when Jesus says that God made the man blind for a reason: to bring him glory. Think about that with your child. God has made us the way we are, our problems and our flaws included, on purpose, and if we trust him the reason will be clear and will be to glorify him. You can start this discussion with your child by making the play dough below (or you can just crack open a can of play dough if you want to keep it simple!). Just like the dough, God molds us and shapes our lives. Our dough may not look like much at first, but you’ll get an idea of what you want to make, make a plan of how you will make it, and then press it into a mold or shape it with your hands. Then becomes what you planned! In the same way, we may not know why we are who we are at first but eventually God’s perfect plan is revealed. If you have googly eyes you can add those and let them put them in the “mud” for more play and to act out the story.
Sept 27 (Part 2): You can replay the video and continue this lesson with more play dough by getting some molds for your dough. The Pharisees in this story didn’t understand, and didn’t like that Jesus didn’t follow their rules and fit their “mold” of how they thought the son of God should behave. Talk about this while you help your child make a dough shape from a mold to represent the Pharisees’ idea of a savior. Then use another mold to make a dough that represents Jesus. Try to to put “Jesus” into the mold you used for the Pharisees’ ideas, and vice versa. Do they fit? No! The Pharisees needed to open their eyes like the blind man and see God’s plan, not theirs.
People wanted Jesus to give them bread from heaven like Moses and the Israelites got in the wilderness.
Jesus did not come just to give people bread to eat, He came to give them true life.
Many people did not understand Jesus’ teaching.
Parent Bible Lesson Activity:
Bake a loaf of bread as a family. Talk about how Jesus is the bread of life as you eat the bread.
Parents: Talk with your child using the following questions:
What did Jesus say God wants people to do? (believe in Him, John 6:29)
Who will have eternal life? (everyone who believes in Jesus; John 6:40)
Why did many of Jesus’ followers go away from Him? (His teaching was difficult to understand and accept, John 6:60-66)
How can we eat Jesus’ flesh and drink His blood? Remind the kids that Jesus was not speaking literally. Guide them to think about the way Jesus’ body would be killed and His blood spilled to make the way for us to be saved. Discuss how believers take the Lord’s Supper to remember Jesus’ sacrifice for us.
Who can help you understand the Bible? Direct the kids to think of people they know who teach the Bible. Remind them that God has sent the Holy Spirit to live within believers. He helps us understand God’s Word with the help of other believers.
How can we help people who don’t know Jesus come to understand and believe in Him? Guide kids to practical steps they can take, like offering to read their Bibles with friends or inviting them to church. Remind the kids that only the Holy Spirit can make other people understand the truth, but we should try to give them the opportunity to hear it. Talk about what living on mission means and how it accomplishes that goal.
Children II (4th - 6th grade) Teacher: Richard Mitchell