Mondays on the Apex Parents Blog we recap the previous weekend’s lesson taught in the 45K hall and KidLife. This is a way for parents to reinforce the lesson and keep the conversation going during the week. This is one way we seek to connect the church and the home.
Summary: Jesus Cleanses Ten Lepers (Luke 17:11-19)
One day, Jesus was headed toward Jerusalem, somewhere between Galilee and Samaria and lepers stood outside of the village crying out to him at a distance, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” Now leprosy was a terrible skin disease. You had to be separated from everyone else and shout, “Unclean! Unclean!” so people wouldn’t get too close. But instead of shouting “Unclean!” they shouted “Mercy!” in hopes they would be healed. Jesus told them, “Go show yourselves to the priests,” (Which is how you would be declared “clean” after they inspected your skin). As they went on the way they realized they were healed. One of them, a Samaritan turned back and fell on his knees to thank Jesus. Jesus said, “Is the only one to thank God a foreigner? Where are the other nine?” And he said to the man, “Get up and go. Your faith has saved you.”
Ask Your Kids:
1. Who was looking for Jesus? What did they say to him?
2. What did he tell them to do?
3. What did only one of the lepers do? What was different about him?
The miracles of Jesus point to what it will be like everywhere when God will make the world new again. One day there will be no more sickness and disease! As sinners, we too were unclean, but Jesus has cleansed us. He took our disease of sin upon himself on the cross and he left it in the grave.
Notice who was saved in this story. The ten were made well, but the Samaritan was “saved” both physically and spiritually. This shows that the gospel is for all people, not just those who were born as Jews.