The Children\'s Chapel

The Big Surprise!
by Steven Wilson

Text Version | Afrikaans | Italian


"That's it, isn't it? That's the big surprise," said the man excitedly as he watched his friend stitching his bed. "You're sewing those straps on my bed so that I can go everywhere with you. That's the surprise, isn't it?" The man wanted to jump up from the floor where he lay and hug his friend but his paralysed body wouldn't let him.

"No," said his friend laughing. "This isn't it. It's much better than this. Just you wait and see." He started to hook twine through the straps he had sewn in each of the four corners.

At that moment, three other men arrived. They saw the bed and nodded in agreement. "That'll do it," they said.

"What?" said the paralysed man, nearly bursting with excitement. "Do what? What will it do? Please tell me what the surprise is."

Each of the four friends took hold of a length of twine and facing forward they hooked it over their shoulder lifting the bed "You'll see," said the three as they picked the man off the floor and laid him carefully down on his bed. Each of the four friends took hold of a length of twine, and, facing forward, they hooked it over their shoulder, lifting the bed.

On the count of three, they sped from the house into the dusty town. At great speed, they darted down narrow streets past deserted houses. Without so much as slowing up for the corners, they skidded round each bend.

"Wow!" shouted the man. "This is it! This is the big surprise — a crazy, death defying ride through the streets of Capernaum. This is a great surprise!"

It was crowded about with people "No!" shouted the men. "This isn't it. The surprise is much better than this."

Soon they arrived outside a building by the lake of Galilee. It was crowded about with people. There was no way through the front door. The four friends looked dejected at the thought of not being able to get inside. Then one of them had a great idea. "The roof," he said and the others agreed.

"What are you doing?" said the man as they hauled him up onto the flat roof of the crowded building.

"You'll see!" they said as they frantically removed the slates from the roof and dug a big hole to lower him through.

They frantically removed the slates from the roof and dug a big hole to lower him throughThey started to lower him down through the hole

"Is this it? Is this the big surprise?" said the man a little concerned now. "I think I'd rather go on another race through the streets if it's all the same to you."

He looked up into the Face of Jesus "No!" said his friends as they started to lower him down through the hole. "You'll see."

The paralysed man lay stiffly in the middle of his bed as his four friends lowered him into the building. They set him down right in front of a man who smiled down at him.

"So that's the big surprise!" thought the paralysed man. "Wow! My friends must have so much faith. This really is the best surprise ever," and he looked up into the Face of Jesus.


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THINK!
1. What sort of surprises do like best?
2. Have you ever helped a friend less fortunate than yourself?
3. Do you think Jesus was happy even though the friends broke the roof?


REMEMBER
A friend is always worth the effort!


A VERSE TO LEARN
"Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself" (Matthew 22:39b).


LET'S PRAY

Dog and boy praying beside bed

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Dear Lord, please help me to help others.
Please teach me to know that it makes You happy
when I give my time so that other people benefit.
Thank You for the help You give me.
In the Name of Jesus. Amen.
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CAN YOU FIND THIS STORY IN THE BIBLE?
Matthew 9:2-8; Mark 2:1-12; Luke 5:17-26




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JUST FOR FUN

activities

Crossword Puzzle
Down Through the Roof Jigsaw Puzzle
Down Through the Roof Word Scramble

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Jesus' Miracles and Messages - PDF Download [Download]


Jesus the Miracle Worker Sticker Book:
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Online Puzzle
Word Search
Worksheet

Best Book of Bible Activities
Custom Bingo Card Game
Encyclopedia Of Bible Games For Children's Ministry
Fun with Secret Codes Coloring & Activity Book, Ages 4-7
The Humongous Book of Games for Children's Ministry
The Super Sized Book of Bible Puzzles
Memory Verse Games for Kids
Painting Book 1 - Bible Stories
Big Book of Bible Puzzles for Preteens
Bible Puzzles: Word Search
Big Book Of Bible Story Activity Pages V1
Jumbo Bible Activity Book 4
Christian and educational toys
Children's Activity Books
Children's Puzzles
Crossword Books
Games for Christian families
Sticker Books


Birds singing from a tree branch

I'm So Happy and Here's the Reason Why (lyrics and audio online)
My God Is So Big, So Strong and So Mighty (lyrics and video online)


100 Ways To Know God Loves Me & 100 Songs
100 Bible Stories 100 Bible Songs
Action Bible Songs
Bible Songs on CD
Bible Songs on DVD
100 Singalong Bible Songs For Kids
25 Favorite Sunday School Song


Crayons and coloring paper

Lame Man Is Lowered Down Through the Roof
Color the Bible Verse
Jesus Healing a Lame Man
Miracles of Jesus (Bible Colour and Learn)

Coloring Through the Bible
Beginner's Bible Super-Duper Mighty Jumbo Coloring Book
Bible Stories Kids Love Coloring Book (ages 2 to 4)
Jesus Loves Me, This I Know, Coloring Book
My Bible Coloring Book
Thru-the-Bible Coloring Pages
Action Bible Coloring Book
Children's Bible Coloring Books


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Arch Books Bible Stories: Jesus' First Miracle
Baby Bible Board Books: Collection #1: Stories of Jesus
Down Through the Roof (Arch Books)
Down Through the Roof (read online)
Jesus, Miracle Worker (Bible Alive)
Miracles of Jesus (I Can Read)
Miracles of Jesus (Little Golden Book)
The Broken Roof
The Ministry of Jesus Christ (listen and read online)

365 Read-Aloud Bedtime Bible Stories
365 Activities For Kids:
A Bible Story And Activity For Each Day Of The Year

100 Bible Stories 100 Bible Songs w/2 CD
Beginner's Bible, New and Updated Edition
Bible in Pictures For Toddlers
Bible stories
Egermeier's Bible Storybook for Beginners
Early Reader's Bible
The Action Storybook Bible
The Children's Illustrated Bible
The Preschooler's Bible
Toddler's Bible
Pilgrim's Progress Comic
Children's Books
Spanish Children's Books
The Picture Bible (also in Spanish)


crafts

Arise and Walk Craft

Puppet Crafts For Kids
Bible Crafts
Bible Crafts & More (Ages 3-6)
Bible-in-Life: Preschool Make It/Take It (Craft Book), Spring 2019
Echoes: Early Elementary Make It/Take It (Craft Book), Spring 2019
Encyclopedia Of Bible Crafts For Preschoolers
More! Bible Crafts on a Shoe String Budget: Paper Sacks & Cardboard Tubes (Reproducible: Ages 5-10)
Puppet Crafts For Kids
Praise God with Paper Plates (Reproducible: PreK-Grade 2)


CDs and DVDs

Down Through the Roof (listen online)

Life and Miracles: Jesus Series Read and Share DVD Bible
Miracles of Jesus (Bible Animated Classics)
Miracles of Jesus (Greatest Heroes & Legends)
Miracles of Jesus Superbook DVD
The Miracles of Jesus (Greatest Adventure Series)
What's in the Bible DVD 10: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John

Read and Share Ultimate Bible Storybook with 2 DVDs
The Animated Kid's Bible (3-DVD Set)
The Beginner's Bible Box Set, 4 DVDs
God's Story from Creation to Eternity (listen & watch online)
Greatest Heroes and Legends of the Bible: The Complete Series
The Bible Collection, DVD Gift Set
The Bible MiniSeries DVD Set
The Jesus Storybook Bible Curriculum Kit
Bible story DVDs
Children's DVDs



TEACHER'S RESOURCES

All the Miracles of the Bible
Bible Study Tools: Jesus Heals a Paralytic at Capernaum (read online)
Children's sermon
Jesus Heals a Lame Man


801 Questions Kids Ask About God
Absentee Postcards
African American Resources
Almost Every Answer for Practically Any Teacher
Children's Ministry
Bible Memory Games
Bible Story Coloring Pages Vol. 2
The Jesus Storybook Bible Curriculum Kit
Big Book of Bible Games
Bulletin Board helps
Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul
Children's Sermon
Church Nanny Sos: Teaching Discipline Essentials for Preschool Ministry Volunteers
Church Supplies
Closing Prayer
FREE materials to Bible schools, Bible colleges, seminaries, churches, missionaries & individuals worldwide
52 Games That Teach The Bible
Free educational videos
God's Servants Teach Me
God's Wisdom for Little Boys: Character-Building Fun from Proverbs
Help! I'm a Sunday School Teacher
How To Lead a Child To Christ
King James Version Gift & Award Bibles
Leading Little Ones to God: A Child's Book of Bible Teachings
Lord Teach Me To Pray For Kids
Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours
Memory Verse Ideas
Memory Verse Resources
Object Talks
Opening Prayer
Parenting Resources
Pray & Play Bible for Young Children
Puppet Scripts
Seven Laws of the Learner
Spanish Resources
Sunday school resources
Talking to God
Teachers' Reproducible Classroom Pages
Teaching Children Memory Verses Ages 4-5
Teaching Children To Pray Ages 4-5
Teaching to Change Lives
The Big Book of Bible Skits
Things To Make Craft Activities
Vacation Bible School
What Every Sunday School Teacher Should Know

Children's resources


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