Leader Guide

Bible Activity

  • Bibles or the Superbook Bible App
  • Whiteboard and marker or chalkboard and chalk

   What Did Jesus Provide? Discuss verses about Jesus’ miracles of provision.

Our Superbook adventure today showed some of Jesus’ miracles—yet He did many others, too. Some are recorded in the Bible—but not all of them!

John 21:25 says,

Jesus also did many other things. If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written.

In this activity, we are going to look up in the Bible some other miracles that Jesus did. I will say a Bible Scripture reference and write it on the board, then you look it up as fast as possible. All of these Bible references are in the New Testament, so that will help you find them quickly. I will choose one team to read the Scripture aloud and then ask the whole class a few questions about what was read. You can raise your hands to answer.

Have the children sit in pairs. Try to pair an experienced Bible user with a child who isn’t as familiar with the Bible. Give each pair a Bible. If both children are experienced users, have them take turns looking up the verses. Note that the suggested answers are from the New Living Translation. If children are using different translations, their answers will vary. Do as many verses as time allows. Be prepared to help any children with special needs.

1. Luke 4:3840

38After leaving the synagogue that day, Jesus went to Simon’s home, where He found Simon’s mother-in-law very sick with a high fever. “Please heal her,” everyone begged. 39Standing at her bedside, He rebuked the fever, and it left her. And she got up at once and prepared a meal for them. 40As the sun went down that evening, people throughout the village brought sick family members to Jesus. No matter what their diseases were, the touch of His hand healed every one.
  • In verse thirty-eight, who had a need? Peter’s mother-in-law.
  • What was her need? She was sick with a high fever.
  • What did Jesus do for her? He rebuked the fever and it left her.
  • What did she do after she was healed? She got up right away and prepared a meal.
  • Was this the only miracle Jesus performed that day? No, the people in the village brought many other sick people for Him to heal.
  • Were there some diseases He could not heal? No, He healed every one.

2. Luke 7:1115

11Soon afterward Jesus went with His disciples to the village of Nain, and a large crowd followed Him. 12A funeral procession was coming out as He approached the village gate. The young man who had died was a widow’s only son, and a large crowd from the village was with her. 13When the Lord saw her, His heart overflowed with compassion. “Don’t cry!” He said. 14Then He walked over to the coffin and touched it, and the bearers stopped. “Young man,” He said, “I tell you, get up.” 15Then the dead boy sat up and began to talk! And Jesus gave him back to his mother.
  • Who needed something from Jesus? The widow and her only son who had died.
  • When Jesus saw her, what was His reaction? His heart overflowed with compassion.
  • What does this tell you about Jesus? He has compassion and cares about our needs. He loves us and wants to help.
  • What did Jesus do? He told her not to cry and touched the coffin. He spoke to the young man and told him to get up.
  • What happened? The boy sat up and began to talk! Jesus gave him back to his mother.
3. Matthew 9:27
2Some people brought to Him a paralyzed man on a mat. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “Be encouraged, My child! Your sins are forgiven.” 3But some of the teachers of religious law said to themselves, “That’s blasphemy! Does He think He’s God?” 4Jesus knew  what they were thinking, so He asked them, “Why do you have such evil thoughts in your hearts? 5Is it easier to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up and walk’? 6So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!” 7And the man jumped up and went home!
  • What was the man’s physical need? He was paralyzed and couldn’t walk.
  • What miracle did Jesus perform that the man didn’t ask for? He forgave his sins.
  • Do you think forgiving sins is a miracle; why or why not? Yes, only God can forgive sins.
  • Did Jesus need to touch him to forgive his sins? No.
  • What did Jesus do to heal the man’s physical need? He told him to stand up, pick up his mat, and go home!
  • Did the man slowly get up and crawl home? No, he jumped up and went home.

4. Matthew 17:1416,18

14At the foot of the mountain, a large crowd was waiting for them. A man came and knelt before Jesus and said, 15“Lord, have mercy on my son. He has seizures and suffers terribly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. 16So I brought him to Your disciples, but they couldn’t heal him.” 18Then Jesus rebuked the demon in the boy, and it left him. From that moment the boy was well.
  • Who had a desperate need? A man and his son.
  • What was the boy’s need? He suffered terribly from seizures.
  • What did the man ask from Jesus? He asked for mercy and for Jesus to heal the boy.
  • What did Jesus do? He rebuked the demon in the boy and it left him.
  • Did it take several days for the boy to recover? No, he was immediately well.

5. Mark 4:3541

35As evening came, Jesus said to His disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” 36So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). 37But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. 38Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with His head on a cushion. The disciples woke Him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” 39When Jesus woke up, He rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. 40Then He asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey Him!”
  • Who had a desperate need? The disciples.
  • What was the need? A fierce storm suddenly came up when they were in a boat on the lake. The waves were filling the boat with water; they were terrified they would drown.
  • Was Jesus concerned? No, He was asleep in the boat.
  • What did Jesus do? He rebuked the wind and waves saying, “Silence, be still!”
  • What was the result? Suddenly, the wind stopped and it was calm.
  • What was the disciples’ reaction? They wondered who He was that the wind and waves obeyed Him.

Optional: Perhaps the disciples were so astonished because they realized that they were seeing ancient prophecy fulfilled. Here is a psalm that Moses wrote about 1,500 years before Jesus was born.

Read Psalm 107:2331:

23Some went off to sea in ships, plying the trade routes of the world. 24They, too, observed the LORD’s power in action, His impressive works on the deepest seas. 25He spoke, and the winds rose, stirring up the waves. 26Their ships were tossed to the heavens and plunged again to the depths; the sailors cringed in terror. 27They reeled and staggered like drunkards and were at their wits’ end. 28“LORD, help!” they cried in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress. 29He calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves. 30What a blessing was that stillness as He brought them safely into harbor! 31Let them praise the LORD for His great love and for the wonderful things He has done for them.

Conclusion: Jesus still performs miracles today to meet all types of needs. Never be afraid to give Jesus what He asks; He will provide all that you need and use your offering to provide for others.