Please note: Building pupil’s understanding of the historical background to the story is an important part of developing religious and spiritual literacy. Please see Historical background to the Bible Story available as a download
People feared leprosy. It was a debilitating, progressive disease, there was no known cure and people thought it was contagious. Lepers were regarded as unclean and had to live in rural isolation, separated from family and friends and denied contact with those who didn`t share their miserable condition.
Jesus defied convention, allowing the leper to approach him and touching him. And the man was healed. It`s a demonstration of the all-embracing love of God which excludes no-one.
Introducing pupils to the theological and historical basis to the story as well as comparing different versions of the story using different translations of the Christian Bible grows confidence in exploring Christian teaching, beliefs and practices and deepens understanding. Please click on the scripture reference under Love on the menu bar to look at the biblical context for the story.
Theological background to ‘Jesus healing the leper’
Jesus in his humanity and life on earth is the ultimate role model for Christians and others. Jesus showed all these qualities in his life on earth, as part of God’s greatest act of love – God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, as a sacrifice for the sins of all humankind, that all might be saved and have eternal life, through faith in Christ as a personal saviour, and the work of the Holy Spirit be enabled to show the same love to others. Jesus was known by his disciples and others that met him while he was on earth, for consistently showing unconditional love to all people particularly those with conditions such as leprosy, that would have made them outcasts in the society of the time.
Jesus lived a life of unconditional love towards people, giving every day during his life on earth to teaching people how to love one another, by setting an example for people to follow.