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Jesus had a reputation of healing the sick and helping the lame to walk. So when a man with leprosy approached him for help, He responded to the man’s belief that he could help heal his diseased body.
Jesus responded by completely healing the man as the crowds watched. Many people were amazed as they witnessed the healing miracle. Jesus then told the man to go show his clean body to the priests and temple leaders so that they would know that Jesus has the power of God.
Going away, the man could hardly contain his joy and ran to show his family and friends that he was healed. No longer would he need to live separated from his family and friends.
How do you think the man’s family and friends felt when they saw he had been cleansed and was able to return to his home?
Do you think his family and friends came to believe in Jesus because of his healing?
How do you think the man acted toward his friends in the lepers’ camp after his healing?
If you had a sick person and Jesus was nearby, would you take them to Jesus and ask for healing?
This story follows Mark 1:39-45.
Parallel stories for this book are found in Matthew 8:1-4 and Luke 5:12-16. (Matthew’s version follows Jesus' Sermon on the Mount.)
Jesus breaks traditional cleanliness by touching the leprous man. It is a mark of Jesus' great compassion for him and his condition and Jesus' power over leprosy.