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25 February, 2018

Jesus Speaks With the Religious Teachers

Luke 2:41-52

At age 12, Jesus is at the Temple for a festival and gets lost. His parents look for him for three days and find him in the Temple, wowing the people there because Jesus is wise. After he returns home, he continues to grow in wisdom.

Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people Luke 2:52

Wise Answers

Jesus amazed the religious teachers with his understanding and answers. See how amazing your family is at answering tough questions!

  • Find a trivia board game or app where you can see just a list of questions.
  • Working as a family, see how many questions in a row you can answer correctly.
  • Missed one? Start over and try to break your record!
  • Discuss: What's the difference between knowing facts and being wise?

Just because Jesus wowed the teachers doesn't mean he was a trivia king. Jesus wowed the teachers because he was wise. You don't have to know a lot of facts to be wise. You just need Jesus to help you make good choices!

Through the Week

Here's an activity you can do throughout the week.

  • Talk about choices each person made that day that required wisdom. For example, maybe one family member chose to help someone who was sad or chose to tell the truth even when lying was easier.
  • Discuss other options and how to tell if you've made a wise choice.
  • Pray for wisdom in making the next day's choices. Ask Jesus to give you some of his wisdom.
  • Talk about how your prayers have helped you know what Jesus would choose to do.

Family Discussion

  • Tell about a time you showed wisdom.
  • Tell about a time you didn't show wisdom.
  • When do you need Jesus most this week for wisdom?

Watch and Discuss

The Bible tells us about a time that Jesus and his parents were at a celebration, and when it was time to go home, Jesus got left behind. What would you do if you got left behind at church? We might figure out ways to camp out at church or to call our parents to come and get us. But let’s see what Jesus did!

Watch “Sticky Story.”

Jesus didn’t panic when he got left behind. He hung out in the Temple—which is what church was back then.

  • What surprises you about how Jesus responded when he got left behind?
  • Jesus was only 12 at the time this happened. How do you think he became so wise?

It must have been surprising to Mary and Joseph and the Bible teachers that Jesus knew so much. The Bible tells us he was listening to the teachers and asking questions, and that everyone was amazed at the answers Jesus was giving. Jesus is wise.

The Bible tells us that after this happened, Jesus went home with his parents and that he kept growing—he grew wiser and he grew in size from a boy into a man. When we spend time with Jesus, we can grow in wisdom, too!

Digging Into the Life of Jesus. Copyright © Group Publishing, Inc. Permission to reproduce granted for local church use.

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Jesus heals a man who was blind from birth. To heal him, Jesus makes mud with spit and dirt and rubs it on the man’s eyes. Some people are amazed, but the religious leaders get mad and ask questions about the healing. Everyone learns that Jesus has the power to heal.


Through the Week

• Think of someone you know who’s sick.

• Talk about some ways you could encourage that person, such as making a small gift.

• Say a prayer for that person at mealtimes or as you’re driving around town.

• If you have the person’s phone number, send him or her a few brief texts or fun pictures throughout the week.


Talk About This…

• Tell about someone who helps you feel better.


Watch and Discuss

Today we’re learning about a man who was blind. But with Jesus’ help, he could see! Jesus has the power to heal. Let’s look at this story from his perspective.

Watch “You’ll See.”

• What do you think it would be like to be blind?

• When the blind man could see, he saw Jesus! If you could see for the first time, what would you want to see first?

If you’ve been able to see your whole life, you might take it for granted. But when you see our Bible story from the blind man’s perspective—when he goes from total blackness to seeing light and shapes and finally to seeing clearly—you can see how amazing it is that Jesus has the power to heal.



Digging Into the Life of Jesus. Copyright © Group Publishing, Inc. Permission to reproduce granted for local church use. 


Dig in at Home - 16 September

Jesus Heals a Crippled Woman - Luke 13:10-17

One Sabbath (God’s special day), Jesus heals a woman who can’t stand up straight. The religious leaders get mad at Jesus for healing on the Sabbath. Jesus says that helping others on the Sabbath is the right thing to do. Jesus does what’s right—no matter what.

Family Together Time

Have some fun as a family. Take a mystery trip to remember that Jesus knows the right thing to do, and he helps us know—and do—the right thing, too.

Go for a family walk or drive.

Give two people each a coin, and have them flip the coins just before arriving at each corner or intersection. 

If both coins are tails, go left. 

If both coins are heads, go right. 

If one coin is a tail and one is a head, go straight.

Talk about how the coins showed you the right way to go. Then talk about how Jesus shows us the right thing to do: Share God’s love.

Talk About This…

When (if ever) is it okay to break our family rules?

Watch and Discuss

In today’s Bible story, Jesus healed a woman even though some people thought he shouldn’t heal anyone that day. Jesus knew the right thing to do was to heal her, so he did! Jesus does what’s right—no matter what.

Tell about a time it was tempting to do the wrong thing. Share your own example first.

Sometimes, the wrong thing to do is so much easier! Jesus wouldn’t have had to deal with all that criticism if he hadn’t healed the woman! But he did the right thing even though it was a hard choice. Let’s watch a video where a boy has to make a choice.

Watch “Do Right.”

What options did the boy have in this video?

Why do you think he chose to return the wallet?

It was definitely tempting for the boy to take the wallet. He did at first! There was a lot of money in there, and most of us would love to have a lot of money. But it would’ve been wrong for him to keep money that didn’t belong to him. Instead, he did the right thing and returned the wallet. When we’re having a hard time doing the right thing, we can turn to Jesus. Jesus does the right thing—no matter what.

Digging Into the Life of Jesus. Copyright © Group Publishing, Inc. Permission to reproduce granted for local church use.