A fun experiment about the story of the man through the roof
The four friends in the story lowered the paralysed man through the roof. Then, when he is lying on the ground it doesn’t look as if anything is happening. Jesus says to him, ‘Your sins are forgiven’. But you can’t see that, and the man is still paralysed. Then the visible miracle happens – he sits up, stands up and starts walking.
This is a very easy experiment you can do with the children to illustrate this.
What do you need:
- a glass of water
- carbonated (fizzy) water
- some sweetcorn
- a few raisins
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This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the story of the man lowered through the roof.
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What to do:
Drop three grains of sweetcorn into the water.
What happens? (The sweetcorn will drop to the bottom of the glass and stay there).
Now add three raisins.
What happens to them? (They also drop to the bottom and stay there).
Pour the water away. Now fill the glass with carbonated water. Once more, drop three grains of sweetcorn into the glass. What happens now? The sweetcorn will move around the glass, rising and falling. Now add three raisins. What happens to these? Do they also rise and fall or are they too heavy?
Ask the children – why does this only happen with the fizzy water and not with the ordinary water? How does it work?
You can then link the experiment to the story of the paralysed man. In this story the Bible explains that God had given Jesus the power to heal people. The fizzy water stands for the power of God.
You can give the children the chance to try the experiment themselves.
Talk to the children afterwards about the experiment and the story:
- why couldn’t Jesus do miracles by himself?
- why did he need the power of God?
- can God also give that power to us?
- have you ever seen anything like that?