Jesus, Leprosy, and Loneliness
Yesterday in Kids Branch we studied the stories of Jesus interacting with various people with leprosy, and learned that Jesus is Healing! Leprosy is a disease that we have the luxury of not having to worry about today, but I bet all of us at one point in our lives felt like the lepers in the Bible: isolated, outcast, and alone. These stories are a great opportunity to talk to our kids about Jesus being a friend, being with us always, and helping us out of our loneliness and into a full life with Him.
These stories are also opportunities to discuss the salvation that Jesus brings: We may not be “unclean” because of a skin disease, but all of us have sin in our lives that takes us away from God. Jesus -- the great redeemer -- washes us all clean by His blood.
Read Mark 1:40-45 and Luke 17:11-19 with your kids. What must have it been like to live with leprosy during this time? Lepers would have to wear torn clothing, bandages, and masks, and would also have to scream “Unclean!” everywhere they went. (Leviticus 13:45-46) How isolating that must have been! Talk to your kids about a time when you felt isolated or lonely. (For me, it was relocating back to Texas during Spring Break of sixth grade. A terrible social experience.) Tell them that everyone feels alone sometime, but that Jesus is always with us, and will never leave us. Talk to them about the joy the people with leprosy must have felt after they were healed. Compare that to the joy we have when we know that Jesus loves us, and allows us to live forever with Him!
Talk to your kids about the grace of Jesus. None of us have leprosy, but we do have something that makes us unclean -- sin. When we choose to disobey God and sin, we’re unclean. And that sin -- that being unclean -- separates us from God. But there’s good news! When Jesus came and died on the cross, He took our sins with him! When we believe in Jesus, we are made clean by His blood. Share with your kids what this good news means to you!
Downtown Memory Verse:
“Blind people receive sight. Disabled people walk. Those who have skin diseases are healed. Deaf people hear. Those who are dead are raised to life. And the good news is preached to those who are poor.” Luke 7:22
Uptown Memory Verse:
“So Jesus replied to the messengers, "Go back to John. Tell him what you have seen and heard. Blind people receive sight. Disabled people walk. Those who have skin diseases are healed. Deaf people hear. Those who are dead are raised to life. And the good news is preached to those who are poor.” Luke 7:22
See you this weekend at The Branch. Live the Prayer.
Posted on Mon, October 10, 2011
by Tim Scott