Wait a minute, person. I’m almost finished with all that fish in the boat.
I had to work really hard to eat all that. It took me two weeks. There were a lot of fish.
Okay, I’m ready for another story now. Maybe about some water so I can wash all those fish down.
What? No water? You’re telling me a story about a man who leapt around all day?
He leaped everywhere and couldn’t stop leaping so he asked Jesus to heal him?
I leap around a lot too, but I don’t want Jesus to heal me. Leaping is fun.
Oh. The man didn’t leap, he had leprosy? What kind of a thing is that? It sounds like leaping to me.
The man had a really bad skin disease called leprosy. In Jesus’ day people with this disease had to stay far away from other people and if anyone started coming near to them they had to shout, “Unclean, unclean.”
Couldn’t they take a bath so they were clean again?
Their disease was what made them unclean. People were afraid to touch them because they were concerned that they might get the disease too.
This man came and knelt before Jesus and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man.
Jesus touched him? I thought you said you couldn’t touch those people because you might get that leaping disease.
I am too listening.
Jesus said, “I am willing. Be clean!”
Immediately the leprosy left the man and he was healed.
Could that man still leap if he wanted to?
Okay, I’ll listen.
Jesus told the man not to tell anyone, but to show himself to the priest. In those days lepers went to the priest when they were healed and the priest was the one who declared them clean.
But the man leaped around and told everyone what Jesus had done for him. Crowds of people came to have Jesus heal them and Jesus often had to withdraw into lonely places in order to pray.
Do you think any of those people who came to be healed brought any fish with them?
I know I ate a lot of fish. But I’m going to need some more tomorrow.