We're continuing our explorer theme this week, following along with the miracles of Jesus. We’ll be looking together at Jesus’ healing of the blind man, in Mark chapter 8.
This miracle is a strange one (obviously all miracles are a bit strange, but hopefully you get what I mean as you read it!) Jesus does not heal the blind man immediately – it takes two stages of healing for him to be able to fully see. I don’t understand why this is! I think that makes this a lovely opportunity to learn with our children; what do they think? What can God teach us as parents through our children’s insights?
One thing that does encourage me about this story; God’s grace doesn’t affect all of us the same, and it doesn’t affect all of us immediately. When our children (and us) ‘get’ some parts of who Jesus is, but are still missing a lot, when we’re still struggling to understand him and ‘see’ him properly; that’s okay. Jesus is only part-way done with the miracle he’s working in us.
If you want you can start this week going on another 'mission' around your house to collect the things you need for today's Treehouse. Try and find:
An iPad, phone or tablet to allow you to watch the story
Pens / Pencils
Once your bag is packed, do a lap of your house and/or garden and end up ready to learn together.
This story can be found in Mark 8:22-26. The NLT or NIV both have really helpful, clear translations of this.
There’s a video retelling of the story that includes a bit of what happens afterwards, here.
Choose from the resources page; here’s a suggestion of a song from the Treehouse Youtube playlist.
Rescuer by Rend Collective; love this song, especially the lyrics!
- Try wrapping a scarf over your child’s eyes so they can’t see. Put toys in their hands and see if they can identify them by touch alone. Then take the scarf off so they can see the toys. Talk about how this felt. Was it hard to do?
- Take turns playing hide and seek, with the person who’s ‘it’ tying the scarf over their eyes, and trying to catch everyone else just from the sounds they make.
- Try making a pair of sunglasses out of a cereal box, or card. Cut the shape of the glasses, make a hole either side and be creative attatching them to faces.
- Can you draw an emotions wall? Brick by brick, draw a simple wall, and write or colour the emotions that you identify through the story. How was the man feeling sitting on the side of the road without his sight? What colour could represent that? How would he have felt when Jesus arrived? What words would describe that emotion? What about when Jesus rubbed the mud into his eyes? Was he confused? Nervous? How do you think he felt when he washed the mud away? By the end of the activity the wall should be full of colours or words.
What would it have been like to be a blind person in ancient times? How would the blind man who met Jesus have felt?
How did Jesus heal the man?
What do you find strange about this miracle?
Why did Jesus heal the man in two stages? What do you think?
Why do you think Jesus told the man to go straight home and not go into the village?
Make some space and time to pray with your child about what they’ve learned today. Is this a time to pray for healing for someone? Or is this a time to tell Jesus they want to see him better? Or maybe they just want to chat to God about their day. Our God loves to listen to our children (and from us). Which is pretty amazing.
Why not share what you've been up to on the Treehouse Parents Facebook Group?