Scripture: John 9
Note to the Teacher:
This story really begins in John chapter 7 and 8. Jesus had gone to Jerusalem to the Feast of Tabernacles. This feast would have been in the Fall the year before his death, and at this point he is openly professing to be the Messiah. John 7:14 tells us that half way through the feast he went up to the temple courts and began to teach. Then on the last day of the feast he stood and proclaimed, “If a man is thirsty, let him come to me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” , which was a reference to the Holy Spirit. (verses 37-38) In chapter 8:12 he says, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” If we understand the Feast of Tabernacles, we can understand why Jesus spoke of himself as the living water and the light of the world. This video by Day of Discovery gives a great overview of the Feast. The Appointed Times – Jesus in the Feasts of Israel – Part 4 – Tabernacles (Don’t stop at the commercial. The second half of the video tells how light and living water are a part of this Feast.)
Here are some more great videos to take you to the pool of Siloam and the Feast of Tabernacles:
Video #4 simulation stairs
Video #5 Feast of Tabernacles from Maozisrael
Video #6 The Feast of Tabernacles – The Holidays of God
Video #7 Day of Discovery – Sukkot: The Feast of Tabernacles
Target Age Group: 1st through 6th grade
Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.
Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.
Here is an idea of how to introduce the story.
Or use this video as a discussion starter.
Have the children open their Bibles to John 9.
(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)
- Jesus and the disciples saw a man that was blind from birth. What did the disciples ask Jesus about him? Who sinned – this man or his parents?
- The teachers of the law taught that if someone was sick it was because of his sin. But, what do we know about sin? All of us are born in sin. So, if sin caused blindness, we would all be blind, wouldn’t we.
- What was Jesus’ answer? “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”
- Have you ever thought that the bad things that happen to you might be an opportunity to glorify God?
- Then Jesus says, “As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Think about daylight and darkness. During the day it’s light outside so we can get lots of work done. What happens when it gets dark? You can’t see in the dark. So, that is when we stop working outside and come in and go to bed. Jesus is saying that while he is in the world he is shining his light and it’s time to do God’s work.
- How about you. Are you shining your light for Jesus in everything you do?
- Jesus wants us to be a light to the world, too. Remember the song, “This Little Light of Mine, I’m Going to Let it Shine”?
- What did Jesus do to the man? He spit on some dirt to make mud and then he put that on the man’s eyes.
- That reminds me of the story of creation. What did God make man out of? Dust. (Genesis 3: 19)
- What did he tell the man to do then? He was to go and wash in the Pool of Siloam.
- What happened when the man did this? He was healed of his blindness.
- What did his neighbors disagree about when they saw him and realized that he could see? They couldn’t decide if he was the same man, or somebody who looked like him.
- But, he told them “I am the man.” and he told them what had happened.
- Where did they take the man? to the Pharisees
- What disagreement did the Pharisees have about Jesus? He was a sinner because he healed on the Sabbath – yet how could he do such signs if he was a sinner?
- The pharisees knew that to heal a man born blind was a sign of the Messiah.
- Why do you think that the Pharisees asked the man so many questions again and again? They didn’t want to believe that Jesus was the Messiah.
- The man asked them if they wanted to become Jesus’ disciples. How did the Pharisees react to that? They were angry. They said they were the disciples of Moses – but they didn’t know where Jesus came from.
- What was the man’s answer to that? God doesn’t listen to sinners. If Jesus wasn’t from God he couldn’t have healed him.
- What did the Pharisees do then? They threw him out for lecturing them.
- When Jesus found him, what did he ask him? “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”
- What did he answer? “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.”
- And what did Jesus say? “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.”
- What did the man do then? The man believed and worshipped Jesus.
- Jesus talked about another kind of blindness. What kind of blindness was that? Spiritual blindness.
- What does it mean to be spiritually blind? You can’t understand what Jesus or the Bible is trying to teach you.
- Who in the story was spiritually blind? The Pharisees.
- Do you know anybody like that – not understanding what Jesus said and who He is? How can you help them to see and understand? Bring them to church, tell them about Jesus, pray for them, be kind to them and help them when they are in need, etc.
- Jesus wants us to be healed of our spiritual blindness, too. Let’s pray and ask him to open our eyes so that we can understand the things that he is trying to teach us, and to help us to also be a light to the world…
During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…
Memorize the verse.
John 9: 25b “One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”
John 12:46 “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.”
Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story. An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles. The pages are reproducible.
Show a video of this story:
Have the children fill out these worksheets from Calvary Curriculum.
Make mud playdough and give each child a small bag with some of it as a reminder of this story.
Share this object lesson from Sermons4Kids. Don’t forget the activities at the bottom of the page!
This is a great craft from Auntie’s Bible Lessons.
This craft from Bible Class Creations is a great idea.
Have the children make this craft from Crafting the Word of God.
There are several ideas here at Flame Creative Kids.
This lesson has a game idea.
Sing “We Are” Worship Video by Uncle Charlie.
Sing the song “Miracle Mud” by Mary Rice Hopkins It’s on her Miracle Mud album, and it’s on itunes.
Serve Dirt Cake for snack time.
Evaluate what the children have learned. While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.
Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the Parents’ Page.