Use this Jesus Sunday School lesson to tell kids how Jesus can heal their hearts and souls.
Lesson: (Note: Always allow students enough time to think about and to give their answers to the questions before clarifying the teaching.)
Do you remember when we were talking about Matthew and Matthew’s friends and about how some people thought that Matthew and his friends weren’t good enough to be friends with Jesus?
Well, this is what Jesus told them.
(Have a student read Matthew 9:12, or read it yourself.)
“It is not the healthy people who need a doctor, but the sick.”
Have you ever been to the doctor?
Why do people go to the doctor?
People go to the doctor when they’re sick. They feel bad or they have a disease, or maybe they got hurt. Maybe they’re even dying, and they have to go to the doctor to get better.
Well, did you know that just like our bodies get sick or get hurt, our souls or our spirits can get sick and get hurt too. Maybe it’s because something bad or sad happened to us and it makes us feel bad on the inside, in our souls or our spirits. And the Bible says that we are all sick on the inside when we do bad things.
But Jesus said that He is the doctor for our spirits or souls. When we go to Jesus, He can help make us feel better from those bad and sad things that happen to us, and He can heal us from wanting to do bad things. Jesus is the doctor for our souls and we can go to Him whenever we feel bad on the inside.
What are some things that might happen to you to make you feel bad or sad on the inside, in your spirit or soul? (Someone dying, someone calling you a bad name, getting in trouble, doing bad things, etc.)
Jesus says that if we pray to Him, He is the doctor for our souls and He can make us feel better about those things.
The other reason people go to a doctor, though, is just to get a check-up. They don’t feel bad. They just want to go in and make sure they’re okay. Jesus also wants us to come to Him for a check-up every once in a while. Even if we’re not feeling bad in our souls or spirits, Jesus wants us to get our spiritual check-up.
We can go to Jesus for our spiritual check-up by praying, going to church, talking about God with our parents or grandparents, and reading our Bible. We do those things just to make sure our souls or spirits are doing okay, just like we go to the doctor for our check-up to make sure we’re doing okay.
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