John: Jesus meets the man born blind

Jesus said, ‘For judgement I have come into the world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind’

Intro:
Who have we seen Jesus meet already? The wise men are completely opposite to the shepherds; rich, educated foreigners and Jews in a rubbish job. Nicodemus is a highly religious Jew who visits Jesus in the middle of the night and in the middle of the day Jesus met a Samaritan woman who no-one thought he would talk to. Philip, who is so sure that Jesus is the Messiah and Nathanael who starts off equally sure that Jesus can’t be, just because of where Jesus is from.

Game: Blind man’s bluff
Blindfold one child who must then catch others (you may need to limit the play space if they are finding this difficult) and, when they have caught someone, guess who they are before they can take the blindfold off and the named child becomes the next blind man.

Game: Stuck in the mud
Run around! One person is ‘it’ anyone they touch gets stuck and has to stay in the same place with their arms out and legs apart. They can be rescued by a saviour who has to crawl in between their legs or run under their arms. (Choose an option based on the physical ability of the group/relative sizes of children/how many of them are wearing skirts.)

Memory Verse:
Lighthouse
As part of the Jesus meets … series learn John 1:14. If you would like a one-off verse try 8:12. Decorate a lighthouse with the words.

Drama:
Jesus meets the man born blind or as he’s known for short TMBB. This talk is in two parts; one to establish his blindness, the other to tell of what happens to him including the reactions of the crowds and the pharisees.

Drama:
Recreate the Pharisee’s investigation with this script.
Or create some sketches based on what would happen the first time TMBB sees something.
Some starting points:
His parents, his home, his reflection, a camel, etc.

Talk:
Jesus brings TMBB from darkness into light (9:1-7)
There are three different reactions:
The crowd questions what they have seen… is it real? Are they mistaken? Who is responsible? (9:8-12)
The Pharisees ask questions but refuse to accept the answers they are given. (9:13-29)
TMBB believes, obeys and follows Jesus realising he is the light of the world. (9:30-38)
It’s good to ask questions and investigate to find out the truth but sooner or later you have to make a decision.
Will we ignore the answers God gives and stay in the dark or will we be like the TMBB and follow Jesus into the light? (9:39-41)

Activity:
Try this quiz on all the people we’ve seen Jesus meet up until now!
Another really useful thing we did was make two of the leaders available to answer the questions kids had. We had optional craft/drama time so that they didn’t have to ask in front of everyone. Not all of the kids came to ask us stuff but a few did with really good questions.

Songs:
He must be God – Emu Music: Meet the King
The Light of the World – Seeds Family Worship: Seeds of Faith
(Don’t own it? Get it John 8:12 here and a sung version of Jesus miracles here)

Person outlinePrayer:
If you’re doing the whole series of Jesus meets…  cutting out a string of 10 people and writing a name of someone on each is a helpful way to keep track. You may want to keep the string until the end if your kids are regular attenders so that they don’t get lost. Fold a long strip of paper like a fan 10 times; cut round this outline or draw a person freehand. Make sure their hands touch the fold of the paper on both sides!
This session pray for someone who is asking questions. It could be themselves, a friend, someone in their family. Encourage them to pray for answers to specific questions – God may choose to answer their prayers through you!