The Authority of Jesus (Mark 1:21-28) Sunday School Lesson and Activities

This simple lesson seeks to remind children that we can hope and trust in Jesus. We listen to His teachings through prayer and Scripture, and recognize that He has power and authority in our lives. We take comfort in knowing that Christ has control over all things.

Children are used to taking instruction and following directions from others. But what does it mean to recognize and obey authority? And what kinds of people are reliable for information and authority? It’s important to elucidate that Jesus is the ultimate power. Students should respect authorities that God has placed over them (parents, teachers, etc.), but sometimes life can seem uncertain or confusing. Kids might not understand who to listen to and how. The Gospel story this lesson explores emphasizes the love and authority behind the teachings of Jesus. He can still be trusted to guide our lives.

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Bible Craft Ideas

What does it mean for us that Jesus has power and authority? In the Bible, we see miracles of healing and cleansing. In our lives, we know that Jesus can keep us spiritually “clean”, and that we can listen to and rely on Him for all things. No matter what challenges come our way, God wins! These crafts celebrate the element of being “clean”, as well as the promise of victory in Christ. A goodie bag includes cleaning supplies, cozy comfort elements, and a bookmark. This can be kept or given away as a gift. A trophy decoration provides a shiny reminder that God wins!

Coloring Page


It wasn’t a surprise when our readers chose Jesus as the theme for our free letter J coloring sheet. The illustration shows Jesus welcoming children, as he often did in the Gospels. It’s important for kids to know that Jesus considers them just as important as the grown-ups at church.

Children’s Sermon Demonstration

This message describes what it means that Jesus has authority over all things. While on Earth, Christ demonstrated the power to cast out demons, heal the sick and injured, control weather, and even raise people from the dead! He was and is stronger than anything else. As such, we can listen to Him and trust Him because we recognize His authority. Jesus has power and authority in our lives, if we allow Him to. 

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Mark 1:21-28 ESV

And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching. 22 And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes. 23 And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, 24 “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” 25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 26 And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him. 27 And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” 28 And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee.–Mark 1:21-28

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