Jesus Broke the Barriers (Mark 1:40 – 45) – Bible Lesson. Teen Bible Lesson.
Before he met Jesus, the leper was lonely, broken and without purpose. . .
40 And a leper came to Jesus, beseeching Him and falling on his knees before Him, and saying, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.”
41 Moved with compassion, Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” 42 Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed. 43 And He sternly warned him and immediately sent him away, 44 and He said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
45 But he went out and began to proclaim it freely and to spread the news around, to such an extent that Jesus could no longer publicly enter a city, but stayed out in unpopulated areas; and they were coming to Him from everywhere.
– Mark 1:40 – 45 (New American Standard Bible)
Jesus broke the barrier of isolation with compassion and personal contact: vv. 40, 41a
- Read Leviticus 13:45, 46. List ways lepers were isolated from the rest of Jewish society.
- Defend this statement: “the man with leprosy didn’t question Jesus’ power; he questioned His compassion.”
- Do we isolate ourselves from hurting people today? Give an example. How can we demonstrate the compassion of Christ?
Jesus broke the barrier of dysfunction with a command and a cure: vv. 41b, 42
- What do you know about the disease of leprosy? Why was the problem of the man with leprosy greater than simply being isolated from society?
- Read James 2:14 – 16. Why would it have been wrong for Jesus simply to visit the man with leprosy for a while and then leave him in the same state?
- Give an example of superficial ministry to the hurting when we truly could help the root of the problem.
Jesus broke the barrier of marginalization with a commission and its consequences: vv. 43 – 45
- What does it mean to “feel like a fifth wheel”? Why might someone like the man in this account have felt like that? Do you think hurting people in our society might feel that way? Explain.
- Compare Mark 1:44 to Mark 5:18, 19. Were the jobs Jesus gave people He healed different from the jobs they might have wanted to do? Explain.
- Imagine that a Pharisee heard about the healing of the man with leprosy and said, “Why bother with somebody like that? What good could he be to God?” Read 1 Corinthians 12:12 – 20. Use some of those thoughts to respond.