Jesus heals a demon-possessed man

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!

Heavenly Creatures

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No…this is not Harry Potter’s magical creatures…but soon we’ll be learning about putting on the armor of God so today is an intro to that. But WHY would we need armor? We need armor to battle against the evil that tries to keep us from God.

Today we’ll be learning about spiritual beings like angels and the war between good and evil…between Satan and God who are fighting for our hearts.

We drew as I talked and ended up with the images above. You could do that, or just talk about it, or cut out some shapes of angels and put one talking point on each one.

***Disclaimer: I think I overloaded my kids on info…so I’ll TRY to keep it more brief here….if you REALLY want a VERY basic intro for very small children (or to review because today’s lesson is info heavy and kind of long) i’d stick to:

1. God has made helpers called angels

2. Some of them love God and help Him

3. Some of them choose to NOT love God

4. God (and the good angels) wants to love us and have us know God

5. The bad angels want to keep us from God, so they fight with God

6. But God will always win

7. We have a choice (just like the angels)… if we will love God or not

The slightly longer version follows:

First of all, do you know what an angel is? (my kids actually said “they fly and are shiny and talk to people!” I was surprised they knew that much…so see what your kids know or think and feel free to share in the comments!)

The Bible tells us a few things about angels.

1. Who they are:

Angels are creatures made by God (Colossians 1:16)

They are not people, but like people, they can make their own choices (Jude 1:6)

They don’t know everything and are under God’s command (1 Peter 1:12, Job 1, 1 Peter 3:22, Matt 24:36, 1 Kings 8:39)

There are tens of thousands of angels! (Hebrews 12:22, Daniel 7:10, Luke 2:13, Rev 5:11)

2. What they do

Angels serve God (Psalm 103:20)

-they worship and praise Him (Revelation 5:11-14, Nehemiah 9:6, Isaiah 6:1-4)

-some share His messages (like to Mary, Jesus’ mommy, to John in Revelation, and to the disciples at the empty tomb in John chapter 20)

-some help Gods people (like Jesus in the desert (Matt 4:11) or Daniel in the lion’s den (Daniel 6:22))

-sometimes they carry out a punishment from God (2 Kings 19:2-34, Psalm 78:49)

Angels also LOVE when someone decides to follow Jesus (Luke 15:10)

3. What they look like

Some of them have wings (cherubim and seraphim) (Exodus 25:20, Ezekiel 10, Isaiah 6:2)

Sometimes they look like people (Hebrews 13:2, Mark 16:5), sometimes they shine with God’s glory…like the halos you see in pictures (Luke 2:9), and sometimes they look very strange! (Ezekiel 1)

Angels are not for us to worship, they serve God just like us (Revelation 22:9, Colossians 2:18)

Demons

1. Who they are

Since angels have a choice, some of them decided NOT to follow God. Lucifer (Satan) was one of God’s best helper angels but he decided that HE wanted to be God ….but of course only GOD can be God. He said “I can be better than YOU!” and he got a bunch of other angels to go against God too. He has been trying to mess up God’s relationship with us ever since. He wants people to follow Him, not God. (Isaiah 14)

2. What they do

Satan and the demon angels are LIARS. (Genesis 3, Matt 4:6-11, Revelation 12:9-10, Matthew 13:19) They get people to believe God is bad and they change how people read the Bible or think of God, they also remind us of all the bad choices we’ve made (even after God has forgiven us!)…anything to keep us away from Him. (Job 1:9-11, Zechariah 3:1, Psalm 91:11-12, 2 Corinthians 4:4, 1 Timothy 4:1)

When Satan first went away from God, he went to Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden and lied to them about the fruit they weren’t supposed to eat. He got them to sin and be separated from God, just like he tries to do with us… BUT as soon as Adam and Eve sinned, God said “I will fix it! They should have to die for sinning, but I will send my son Jesus to die in their place, and if they accept that then they can be with me again!” (1 John 3:8, Hebrews 2:14) So when Jesus died on the cross, Satan was defeated. He can’t keep us from God if we want to be with God forever in heaven. (Colossians 2:13-15)

He and the demons still try to keep us from God, but in the end, God said he will punish Satan and the demons forever. (Matthew 25:41, 2 Peter 2:4, Revelation 20:7-10) They know God and are scared of Him because they KNOW He is better and more powerful than they are. (James 2:19, Mark 3:11)

God has promised us that He is greater than anything else in this world. (Romans 16:20) We only need to trust in Him. (James 4:7-10)

Tomorrow we’ll be learning about the armor of God, which is some ways we can fight against Satan’s lies and stay strong for God. Love to you all.