101 Ways to Strengthen the Parent‐Child Connection
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By Michael and Tiffany Ross
Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by the five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.
Buy or rent the DVD The Gospel of John (Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Disney, 2005), and show scenes from John 5:1–15 and John 9:1–41—re-creations of Jesus healing those who were blind, lame, or paralyzed. Pass out popcorn and sodas and make it a movie night. When you’re finished “watching” these powerful chapters from the book of John, talk about Christ’s healing power—specifically, how He is our Great Physician, too.
Talk It Out
· How do you think the man who had been disabled for thirty-eight years felt? (See John 5:5–6.) Why did Jesus ask, “Do you want to get well?”
· In what ways does the Great Physician begin to stitch our wounded lives back together again? What kinds of things prevent us from being healed?
· Describe the wounds and ailments—physical and spiritual—that you need Jesus to treat in your life.
· How’s your own spiritual sight? Is it “20/20”—sharp, healthy, and well developed? Are you nearsighted (a bit selfish) or farsighted (taking your eyes off of Jesus)? What steps can you take to correct your vision?
All who commit their lives to Jesus receive salvation (eternal life), liberation (freedom for the captives) and restoration (healing of the brokenhearted). Focus on that third point today. Explain that yes, indeed, Christ is still at work in the world, healing those who are blind, lame, and paralyzed. And He is transforming those with broken hearts and giving sight to the spiritually blind. One of the key ways that the Great Physician touches our lives is through His Word. When His truths are worked into our lives consistently, God speaks to us intimately and guides us in unique ways. There is a supernatural component to the Bible that no one can explain. It has to be experienced. And the more we engage the scriptures—and respond to what God says—the more our lives are molded into what He wants them to be. God’s Word gets past our heads, touches our hearts, and revives our souls.
Talk to God
As you pray, encourage your child to (1) thank Jesus for good health and comfort when we are sick and (2) ask the Lord to take special care of her family.
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