Children’s Sermon

Matthew 11:2-11

With Our Own Eyes

By Lois Parker Edstrom


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Some things are so wonderful and magnificent that we say “I can’t believe it!” Sometimes we have to see things with our own eyes to be able to believe what has happened.

A few years ago no one would believe that there would ever be a man on the moon, but we saw pictures of astronauts walking on the moon and we heard their stories of what the earth looked like from space – a very beautiful blue globe. (Show photo)

Before that dinosaurs roamed the earth and we can’t imagine what that must have been like, but we can visit museums and see their huge bones. We see with our own eyes that dinosaurs really did exist. (Show photo)

You are growing up with computers in your homes and schools, but doesn’t it amaze even you that you can send a message to someone in another part of the world and it arrives in an instant? We send email and receive email, seeing with our own eyes that it happens. (Show emails)

John the Baptist had been waiting for something very wonderful to happen. His work was to tell people about Jesus. John was waiting for Jesus to arrive; the one who had been sent from God. John heard about some of the things that Jesus had been doing and he sent disciples to ask, “Are you he who comes, or should we look for another?” (11:3).

Jesus said to the disciples, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them” (11:4-5).

The disciples had seen these miracles of healing happen with their own eyes and they told John what they had seen. In this way John the Baptist knew the truth, that Jesus had arrived and was sent by God.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2007, Richard Niell Donovan