Create an obstacle course. If you have some extra people - use them as part of your obstacle course.
Lesson Connection - Imagine you want to get somewhere but it is full of obstacles. What would you do? Continue? Give up? Go another day? That is what happened in our bible story today. Four friends where trying to get to Jesus but there was an obstacle of people! There were so many people that they could not get into the house where Jesus was speaking. Let's see what they do.
Have children draw four friends, or circles or compass (use their or your imagination here. The idea is to have something that represts the number four in connection to the four friends). Have children write under one of the four people, circles or arrow of a compass:
Jesus was in Capernaum, a city on the Sea of Galilee. The Pharisees and scribes—teachers of the law—came to listen to Jesus’ teaching. They were curious about His message and wanted to make sure He was teaching things that were true. So many people came that they crowded the house; there was no more room.
That day, four friends came to see Jesus. The four men carried their friend who was paralyzed. Jesus had healed people before—even people who were paralyzed (Matthew 4:24;8:6) The men believed Jesus came from God, and He could heal people. So their faith led to action. Because the friends could get through the crowd, they carried their friend to the roof and lowered him down to Jesus.
Jesus’ words to the man surprised the Pharisees and teachers of the law. Rather than saying, “Get up and walk,” Jesus said, “Your sins are forgiven.” The religious leaders kept quiet, but Jesus knew their thoughts. They accused Jesus of blasphemy, dishonouring God by claiming to do what only God can do. But Jesus did not blaspheme. He is God, and He has authority to forgive sins.
Jesus asked them, “Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven’, or to say, “Get up and walk?’ Simply saying, “Your sins are forgiven,” seems tone the easier thing, but to actually forgives sin is harder, something only God can do. As God, Jesus has the power and authority to heal and forgive. And Jesus knew He would take the man’s sins upon Himself on the cross—and act of love that would cost Him His life.
Jesus healed the man who was paralyzed to prove to the religious leaders His power to forgive. Mark 2:12 records the crowd’s reaction: “They were all astounded and gave glory to God saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”