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Getting left out isn’t a new thing at all. It was happening to people way back in Jesus’s day, and it’s what today’s lesson is all about.
In today’s lesson, we’re learning about when Jesus healed a leper. Now, don’t confuse words here. Jesus didn’t heal a leopard. He healed a leper. A leper was a person who was suffering from a terrible skin disease. It made big sores all over the body that were probably itchy and they were definitely gross to look at. So, if a person had leprosy, they were banned from town. They had to live off on their own because other people didn’t want to get the disease. Imagine how awful that would’ve been. You get a terrible disease, and instead of people taking care of you, everyone just ignores you. Well, Jesus didn’t respond that way. In fact, one day when Jesus was teaching, a leper approached him. The leper knew that Jesus could heal him so he took a chance by asking him for help. Now, the people with Jesus were probably running away from the guy but not Jesus. He looked right at the guy and said, “I’ll heal you.” And, guess what? The leper was healed instantly! Jesus is so cool. Kids, this story teaches us an important lesson. Jesus cares about everyone, even the people who feel left out or unimportant. Let’s remember that in our own lives and be kind to everyone, no matter who they are.