Give Praise To God
Jesus "was going into a village, then men who have leprosy met Him." These poor and afflicted men met Jesus with what must have been desperation.
Jesus heard their cries. He saw their disfigurement. He noticed their affliction. He had compassion on them.
Luke is the only gospel that records the cleansing of the ten leprous men by our Lord on His journey to Jerusalem.
In normal circumstances these men would not have been together, for some were Jews and some were Samaritans but when people are in trouble they are often thrown together, which had happened in this case.
These men stood "afar off" (verse 12), they were forced to live outside of the village, and when they saw the Lord they cried out to Him for mercy (verse 13).
He commanded them, "Go, show yourselves unto the priests" (verse 14), and as they obeyed they were cleansed.
One man returned to thank the Lord (verses 15-16), but the other nine were not heard of again (verse 17). The man who returned to give thanks received a very special word of assurance from the Lord (verse 19). Let's look at this story and see if there are some lessons we need to learn.
I. ASKED FOR A CURE
And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. They saw their condition.
They cried out to Him, "Jesus, Master, have pity on us!" Jesus was their last hope. They knew they needed help and there was none to be found to help except in this one called Jesus, whom they heard healed the sick. There is no doubt they need help, so they cry out for mercy.
When they call upon the Lord they were admitting that they had an insidious disease that ruins and rots and ravishes the body.
They admitted that they were lepers. And friend you must admit that you are a sinner, lost and doomed and damned without Christ as your personal Saviour by faith if you want the world's worst sin cured.
They sensed their need and ...
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