Key Passage: John 20:30-31 “Jesus performed many other signs…which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God.”
Big Picture Question: How did Jesus help the man with leprosy? Jesus touched the man and healed him.
Christ Connection: The man with the skin disease had to stay away from his friends and family. Jesus helped the man. Jesus touched the man and healed him. Sin is like a disease that keeps us away from God, but Jesus will take away our sin if we ask Him.
Thank you for continuing this journey of The Gospel Project® for Kids. In ancient Israel, living with a skin disease wasn’t easy. It was painful and isolating. Leprosy is a disease caused by bacteria, and it affects the skin, nerves, and mucous membranes. The disease can cause deformities in hands and feet and paralysis of some muscles. Leprosy is contagious, and the people of Israel had laws about what to do when a person becomes infected.
In today’s Bible story, a man with a serious skin disease approached Jesus and fell down before Him. “If You are willing, You can make me clean,” he said to Jesus. The man’s words were more of a truthful declaration than a request. He clearly trusted in Jesus’ power to heal people, and he longed to be healed himself.
Jesus reached out and touched the man. “I am willing,” He said. Typically, no one touched a leper. Touching an unclean person would make you unclean too. But Jesus didn’t become unclean. Instead, the diseased man was immediately healed.
Not only did Jesus have the power to make a leper clean, He was willing to make him clean. Like the disease of leprosy, sin deeply affects all people and makes them spiritually dead. Jesus willingly died on the cross and rose from the dead to save us from our sin and give us new life.
Family Activity: As a family, create your own body wash. An adult or older teen should carefully grate a favorite bar of soap into a saucepan. Add 2 to 3 cups of water to the grated soap. Heat it over medium heat until the soap dissolves into a milky water. You may choose to use essential oils to create your own scent. Allow the mixture to cool for a few hours. It should become more of a gel. If it’s too hard, reheat and add more water. Pour into a squeezable container and enjoy! Talk about how soap cleans away dirt, but only Jesus can remove sin.