Bible Lesson of the Week: Patience Perfected

This week in Bible class we are learning more about the perfect patience that Jesus showed everyone he encountered in his life, especially his disciples.  Often Jesus’ disciples would have difficulty understanding some of the parables and teachings that Jesus preached to the people.  Every time though, Jesus showed them patience even if it meant he had to explain things over and over again.

One example of this is in Mark 4 when Jesus and his disciples were on a boat when a storm came up.  Jesus had fallen asleep and the wind was blowing so hard that water was starting to get into the boat and it was filling up!  The disciples became very scared and woke Jesus asking, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”  Jesus responded by saying, “Why are you so afraid?  Have you still no faith?”  So he quieted the storm and put his disciples again in awe of the power that he had to control even the sea.

Later in Mark, the disciples rebuked some of the people in the crowd for bringing their children close to Jesus.  When Jesus heard this, he said to his disciples, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.  Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”  So he took the children, laid hands on them and blessed them.

In both of these situations and many others in the gospels, Jesus could have been impatient with his disciples; he could have decided to walk away from them or choose new followers who understood him better.  In every situation though, Jesus showed perfect patience and commitment to the men he had chosen to follow him.

We hope this week that our kids see that God shows us this same level of perfect patience that Jesus showed his disciples in the Bible.  This example of perfect patience is what can empower us to be patient with people in our lives, even when we feel they have done things to us that do not deserve it.

Scripture References:

Mark 4:35-41
Mark 10:13-16