As you teach The Gospel Project for Kids, or even as you read the Bible with your kids, you will undoubtedly be faced with concepts that might be difficult to explain on a kid’s level. We want to help you be ready for those times as a teacher of kids at church or as a parent who is involved in your child’s spiritual development. One of the concepts that might be difficult to explain that we’ll face in Unit 26 is that of miracles.
The Bible tells us that Jesus’ miracles served the purpose of demonstrating Jesus’ power and divine authority. Jesus showed that He had God’s power by healing physical illness, raising from the dead, feeding the 5000, and even forgiving people’s sins!
As you teach the stories to kids, avoid the common tendency to lean heavily on the action of the miracle, and instead lean heavily on the Person who is doing the healing. Sometimes, we can get so wrapped up in what was done that it becomes like Jesus is simply a magician or super hero who can do cool things to help people. Jesus does help and heal people, but more than that, He frees people from the bondage of sin!
Jesus is not one of many in a superhero cohort. He is the Only One who could forgive sin and pay our penalty before a righteous and just God. The Bible says He emptied Himself by taking on the likeness of men and became obedient to God, even to the point of death on the cross to pay a debt too great for us to pay.
As you talk about miracles with kids, lean in to the power we see through Jesus’ miracles and the confirmation it gives us that Jesus is the Messiah.
Expect kids to ask you if miracles still happen today and be ready to answer them. Remind kids that the Holy Spirit works miraculously in our hearts to prompt us to choose to love and obey Jesus because we would not choose to do that on our own! It is something that only He can do! Remind kids that we don’t understand exactly how Jesus did what He did, but we know that He did miracles through His power so that many would see them and believe and follow Jesus. What a beautiful gift the miracles of Jesus are to us! Miracles remind us of the restoration of all things that Jesus will bring when He returns to earth to bind Satan and sin and reign forever. They are the promise of what is to come!
For more teaching help, check out these videos. Share them with those who teach The Gospel Project for Kids and with parents, as they’ll be reinforcing what was learned throughout the week.