‘the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins’ Mark 2:10b
This memory verse is from the story about the four friends who take a man to see Jesus. They carry him up onto the roof, pull it apart and lower him down in front of Jesus. Jesus tells the man that his sins are forgiven. This causes the religious leaders to become annoyed – who can forgive sins but God alone? Jesus makes the above statement and then to prove that he is God he heals the man completely.
Have some pictures of well known leaders who have authority – Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin for example. Talk about who they are and how powerful they are. Explain that the memory verse is about someone with even more authority than the most powerful leaders.
Read the verse together. (It could be written out on a white board). Explain that the Son of Man is a name Jesus often used when he was talking about himself. He alone has the power to forgive sins. He is the one sent from God to die on the cross taking the punishment that others deserve.
Taking it to heart
Read the verse together from the white board. let the children take it in turns to erase one word at a time and each time a word is erased say the verse together.
We have decided it’s good to teach memory verses and have thought about getting children interested in learning the verse. We’ve thought about explaining some of the tricky words.
Now what? We need to help children apply the truth of the Bible Verse to themselves.
How can we do that?
When we are preparing we can ask a few questions to help us work out what the application could be. Is there an example to follow? Is there an example of something to avoid? Is there a promise to believe? Is there a truth to believe?
Essentially we are trying to find out what we think the child should do with the truth they have learnt.
Let’s look at the verses we’ve been using…
Verse – Psalm 119: 130 ‘The unfolding of your words gives light’ – If we read on a little we see that the writer goes on to say that God’s Word ‘imparts understanding to the simple’. So the application is that we should read God’s word so that we will know more about God and how to live. It is something for us to do.
Verse – Psalm 119:73 ‘Your hands have made me’. This is a truth for us to believe. It helps us to know that we are unique and special to God because he made us. Also because God made us we are answerable to him. You wouldn’t teach both of those applications at once – just chose one of them.
Verse – Luke 19:10 ‘For the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost’- This is less straightforward. We want the child to think about where they are – are they lost or found. This is a tricky concept but we can help the child understand by explaining the verse first. Then we need to tell them how they can be found – by trusting in Jesus as their Saviour.
It’s best to explain the tricky words in a verse before helping children to apply the truth.