Sunday School at Home for March 19, 2023

Jesus Heals a Blind Man

Theme: Glorifying God in everything
Scripture: John 9:1-13
Complete Supply List
● A hymnal (optional)
The “Lyrics List” handout
● “Jesus Heals a Blind Man” video lesson
● Something to play the video
● Crushed Oreo cookies
● Chocolate pudding (store-bought or homemade)
● Gummy worms
● Plastic cups
● Plastic spoons
● Napkins

The Children’s Sermon:
You’ll Need:
● A hymnal (optional)
● The “Lyrics List” handout
● A volunteer who will read
Get Ready: Enlist someone to read from the “Lyrics List” handout.

SAY: Music has always been an important part of church life. I love all kinds of
music, but the music I love the most is the music that we sing about Jesus. I have a
hymnal this morning and I’ve marked a few of the hymns that are among my
Here’s one of my favorites, "To God Be the Glory."
(Have the volunteer read these
“To God be the glory great things He has done
So loved He the world that He gave us His son…
But purer and higher and greater will be
Our wonder our worship when Jesus we see.”

Here’s another that has always been a favorite of mine, "All the Way My Savior
Leads Me." It tells about how Jesus leads us through the difficult times in our life.
(Have the volunteer read these lyrics.)
“All the way my Savior leads me
What have I to ask beside?
Can I doubt His faithful mercies?
Who through life has been my guide.”

Oh! This is one song that’s definitely on my list of all-time favorites,
"Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine." (Have the volunteer read these lyrics.)
“Perfect submission, all is at rest
I in my Savior am happy and blessed
Watching and waiting, looking above
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.”

Did you know that all of these songs have something in common? They were all
written by the same person. In fact, there are many hymns in our hymnal written by
that person. Her name was Fanny Crosby.
When Fanny was six weeks old, she had an eye infection. Her regular doctor was
out of town, and a man posing as a doctor gave her the wrong treatment. Within a
few days, she was blind. If that happened to me, I’m afraid I would be very bitter
and I would probably spend a lifetime feeling sorry for myself. Fanny was never
bitter and she never felt sorry for herself. When she was only eight years old, she
wrote this poem:
Oh, what a happy child I am,
Although I cannot see.
I am resolved that in this world,
Contented I will be.
How many blessings I enjoy
That other people don't.
To weep and sigh because I'm blind,
I cannot and I won't!
Instead of being bitter and feeling sorry for herself, Fanny used the gifts God had
given her to write over 8,000 hymns and poems to praise and glorify God.
In today’s Bible lesson, we learn that one day Jesus was walking with his disciples
when they passed by a blind man. When they saw him, the disciples asked Jesus
who was to blame for the man's blindness: Was it because of his sin or was it
because of his parent's sins? Jesus answered them and told them that no one was
to blame; he was blind so that God's works could be shown in him. Then Jesus
healed the man and the people praised and glorified God for his goodness.
What about Fanny Crosby? God didn't heal her blindness. Perhaps if God had healed
her, she might never have written all of those beautiful hymns -- and the world
would never have heard of Fanny Crosby. She used the tragedy of her blindness to
glorify God. I pray that tragedy will never come into your life, but if it does,
remember that everything that happens can be used to praise and glorify God!

PRAY: Dear Lord, the difficulties in our life seem small when compared to what
others may be facing. Help us not to grumble and complain but to praise and glorify
you in every situation. In Jesus’ name, amen.

“Jesus Heals a Blind Man” Video Lesson
You’ll Need:
● “Jesus Heals a Blind Man” video lesson
● Something to play the video
Do This: Show the video.

● What did you learn from this video?
● What questions do you have about today’s Bible lesson?

Mud Snacks
You’ll Need:
“Jesus Heals a Blind Man How-To” video
● Crushed Oreo cookies
● Chocolate pudding (store-bought or homemade)
● Gummy worms
● Plastic cups
● Plastic spoons
● Napkins
Do This:
Have children follow these steps to make their Mud Snacks.
● Take a cup of pudding.
● Crush two Oreo cookies.
● Sprinkle the crumbled Oreo cookies on the pudding.
● Press a gummy worm into the pudding.
● Enjoy.