Hi all! This month we are learning about the miracles Jesus did! A miracle is something that shouldn’t be able to happen…but God makes it happen because God can do ANYTHING!
Today’s story comes from Luke 8: 26-39.
Jesus and His disciples sailed to a new place and when Jesus got off the boat and onto the land, a man came towards him. This man had a demon living in his heart. Do you remember that the angels are God’s helpers and they love and worship Him? Well…some of the angels decided NOT to follow God, and they are called demons.
When we love God and ask Him to be our leader and we believe that He died for our sins, then He gives us His spirit to live in our hearts. If we do not have God’s spirit in our hearts, sometimes other things can be in control of us…like a bad angel, a demon. This man had a bad demon living in his heart, making him do terrible things. He was angry and did dangerous things and the people in the town tried to tie him down and chain him up, but he always broke away and he was finally living in a cave, naked and alone.
Jesus told the demon to come out of the man. When he saw Jesus, he yelled and fell down in front of Jesus’ feet, shouting at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me!” (Because the demons are angels, they KNOW God, and they know He is much more powerful than they are. They even know Jesus! And that He’s God’s son and that He has God’s power too! So this demon was very scared of what Jesus might do to Him.)
Jesus said, “What is you name?”
And the man said “Legion” which means a lot…because a LOT of different bad demons had taken over the man’s heart.
The demons begged Jesus over and over not to send them to hell. A large group of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs, and he said ok. So the demons came out of the man, and went into the pigs. Then all the pigs ran into the lake and died.
The people in charge of the pigs went and told everyone what had happened and then they all came to Jesus and found the man sitting at Jesus’ feet, dressed in clothes and acting perfectly normal and they were afraid. They didn’t know WHAT kind of person could tell demons what to do?! They were scared of how powerful Jesus was and they asked Him to leave!
The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with Jesus, but Jesus said, “Go back home and tell everyone how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him!
There are still bad angels who try to do bad things and keep people away from God, but when we love God and He lives in our hearts, then nothing can stand against us. (Romans 8:31-39, James 2:19, Col 2:15, Col 1:13, Phil 2:5-11)
There is NOTHING that God does not control. EVERY single thing that has ever been or will ever be is under God’s command. There is NOTHING God can not do.
For our craft today, we drew the man and Jesus and added a lake and some pigs to help remember this story and Jesus’ power over ALL things.
Our text reads: Jesus healed the demon-possessed man. Luke 8:26-39.
We found this song posted by Group’s Easy VBS Media.
Also, there is God of Angel Armies by Chris Tomlin.
Thanks for joining us today! Love to you all!