BIG IDEA: GOD’S ‘GO’ IS FOR MY GOOD
AIM: The aim of the ‘Go’ Childrens Lesson on the Healing of the Man Born Blind is to help children to see that God’s ‘Go!’ is always for their good and they will be blessed if they act on it.
- All Around the World. (regular/widescreen) Label different corners of the room with different places around the world – your choice. Play music and encourage the children to dance. Once the music stops children must choose a corner to run to. Then the leader (without looking) shouts out one of the corner place names. The children in that corner are eliminated from the game. The music plays again and the children choose again and so on. The last child to be eliminated from the game is the winner.
- Car Crazy. (regular/widescreen) You will need some toy cars that children can race for this game. Simply have children line up, pull back their cars and try to push them as far as they can. The child with the car that goes the furthest length is the winner.
- Traffic Lights. (regular/widescreen) Children line up on one side of the room. The aim is to get to the other end of the of the room before the leader sees them move out of time. The leader shouts ‘Green’ to mean go. Children can fast walk. They can say ‘amber’ and children must crawl and stop. Children must freeze on stop. If they move during this time they are sent to the beginning again. The child to reach the other end of the room first is the winner.
You could also use any race or relay to fit with the theme of this lesson.
BIG VERSE: JESUS PERFORMED MANY OTHER SIGNS IN THE PRESENCE OF HIS DISCIPLES. JOHN 20:30A.
SET the Scene:
Read John 9.
- How did the man become blind? (He was born blind)
- Who does Jesus say he is? (The Light of the World – will need to read the passage for this answer!)
- What did Jesus put on his eyes to heal him? (Saliva and mud)
- What did Jesus tell the man to do? (Go)
- What pool did Jesus tell the man to go to? (Siloam)
- What happened after the man went into the pool? (He was healed and could see)
- What is the big verse for the series? (JESUS PERFORMED MANY OTHER SIGNS IN THE PRESENCE OF HIS DISCIPLES. JOHN 20:30A.)
SPOT the Simple Meaning:
1) I WILL GO WHEREVER YOU SEND ME
You will need a map and/or a compass. You will want to move around with it as you talk to show that the map/compass helps you to get to where you are going.
Say: Being willing to go wherever Jesus tells you to go might seem a little scary, but it is definitely an adventure! Can you see what I have here? What is it? [Get feedback] That’s right! And what is it used for? [Get feedback] Exactly. It helps me to find where I’m going, it leads me and guides me.
Jesus sent the man born blind to the pool of Siloam to wash. He could have laughed or said no. Yet he chose to go where Jesus sent him – no matter how silly or foolish he looked! We can have that same attitude and say to Jesus “I will go wherever you send me!”
2) GOD’S “GO” IS FOR MY GOOD
Act out a skit with your leaders where one leader must say ‘Yes’ to answer every question.
Matt: Hi Ben, are you doing well?
Matt: Have you had a good day?
Matt: Are you doing anything fun tonight?
Matt: What you doing?
Matt: Hmm… is that all you can say? Yes?
Matt: Great! Let’s have some fun with this! Do you love sprouts?
Matt: Do you eat your own snot?
Matt: Do you like…
Ivy: Wait a minute, what’s going on here… Ben, can you only answer yes? Ben: Yes
Ivy: That’s it… do you want to come with me and get away from Matt? Ben: Yes
[Ben and Ivy leave the stage together leaving Matt shrugging and laughing]
Say: Imagine if all we ever said to God was yes. What do you think we would end up doing? [Get some feedback] Our lives definitely wouldn’t be boring, would they? Well, we can say yes to Jesus every time he asks us to do something or go somewhere or say something.
You might wonder why we would say yes. I mean, what if God asks us to do things like the man in the skit. He didn’t really want his friend’s good… he wanted to laugh at his friend.
That is where God is different! God’s ‘Go’ is always for our good! Jesus shows us that when he asked the man to go and wash – he was doing it to make the man see. He had the man’s good in mind. Jesus is God’s Son and He shows us exactly what God is like – He is good! So He always has good plans for us. It doesn’t mean He will never give us something tough to do… but just like an exam is difficult, often we learn so much by taking the test! So let’s remember, we can say yes to God because God’s “Go” is always for our good!
SEARCH the Scriptures:
GO GETTERS. (regular/widescreen) Look at the different people that God has told to go somewhere in the Bible. Create an obstacle course for each team around your room and tape the God Said Go names to parts of the course such as chairs, tables and cones. Children should grab one each time they go through the course in their teams.
People you should include:
Abraham: God told him to go without telling him where.
Joshua: God told Joshua to go and take the land.
Hosea: God told Hosea to marry a woman.
Blind Bartimaeus: Jesus told him to go and wash so he would see. The Official: Jesus told him to go and his son would live.
Woman Caught sinning: Jesus told her to go and sin no more. Us: God tells us to go and tell others about Jesus.
- Where in the world would you love to go?
- How do you think it would feel to be told to go somewhere by God?
- Would you go if God said go?
- What if it was to do something really difficult?
- What if it was to go somewhere you didn’t want to go?
- When we go, do we go alone?
SENSE How You Feel:
Imagine you were the man born blind.
How would it feel to suddenly be able to see?
Encourage the children to think about their answer to this question as they do one or more of the activities below.
- Make the Blind Man mask using the printables. Simply print and color the Mask Face 1 sheet and Mask Face 2 sheet then attach a popsicle stick to the back of the printable and stick the second printable to the other side. Children can hold up the mask to their face and pretend they are the blind man that is able to see.
- Create your own tissue paper traffic lights with words that say ‘God says Go’ underneath. Simply attach the correct tissue paper colors to the traffic light sheet using glue.
- Fill in/ color the ‘Go’ activity sheets for 5-7s and 8-11s.
- Check out our ‘Man Born Blind’ Pinterest Board.
Say: Has God asked you to do something or say something to someone? Or perhaps you have been feeling in your heart that God is asking you for something. God’s go is always for our good. If you want to say ‘Yes’ to God’s go today, I want to invite you to stand up and I will pray for you. [Wait a few minutes]
Father God, sometimes we hear you call to Go and do something and we feel scared or unsure of what to do. Today we say yes to your call. We know that you tell us to Go because you are good. Help us to go where you send us, knowing that You are with us every step of the way. Amen.
If you want to say Yes to God for the first time, I’d like to lead you in a prayer too. Is there anyone that wants to say ‘Yes’ to following Him for the first time? [Wait a few minutes]
Father God, today I choose to follow You. Please help me to live to please You. Please forgive me for when I’ve not done what You want me to do. Help me to go where You send me and do what You call me to do. Amen.