“[He] Took Our Infirmities, and Bare Our Sicknesses”
“Lesson 7: ‘[He] Took Our Infirmities, and Bare Our Sicknesses’” New Testament: Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual (2002), 26–29
To help class members understand some of the reasons the Savior performed miracles.
Read, ponder, and pray about the following scriptures:
Mark 1:14–15, 21–45. Jesus travels throughout Galilee teaching the gospel, casting out devils, and healing the sick. He casts an unclean spirit out of a man, heals Simon Peter’s mother-in-law, and cleanses a leper.
Mark 2:1–12. Jesus forgives a man’s sins and heals the man of palsy.
If the pictures Stilling the Storm (62139; Gospel Art Picture Kit 214) and Jesus Blessing Jairus’s Daughter (62231; Gospel Art Picture Kit 215) are available, use them during the lesson.
Suggestion for teaching: Class members need to know why the teachings in the scriptures are important today. As you prepare each lesson, prayerfully consider what you can do to encourage class members to apply gospel principles in their lives. (See Teaching, No Greater Call , pages 159–60.)
Suggested Lesson Development
Additional Teaching Ideas
The following material supplements the suggested lesson outline. You may want to use one or both of these ideas as part of the lesson.
1. Old Testament miracles
Explain that miracles were not new to the Jews. Miracles had been performed previously by Old Testament prophets whom the Jews honored. Briefly review the following examples:
By what power did these prophets perform miracles? (The priesthood, the divine power given to them by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.)
2. “They that are whole have no need of the physician” (Mark 2:17)
How did the scribes and Pharisees react when they saw Jesus eating with people they considered sinners? (See Mark 2:15–16.) What did Jesus tell them? (See Mark 2:17.) What does this mean? In what ways do we all “have … need of the physician”?