The Thankful Leper

Matt Chandler on the Ten Lepers of Luke 17:

On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee.  And as he entered a

village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus,

Master, have mercy on us.”  When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the

priests.” And as they went they were cleansed.”  So the story is, they don’t want to get near Jesus, so

they stay their distance and just yell at Him.  They’re saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.  Heal

us.”  And Jesus says, “Go show yourselves to the priests.”  In some way here, He’s saying, “I’m going

to heal you.”  So as they walk towards the priests, all ten of them are healed.  Let’s keep going, “And as

they went they were cleansed.  Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back,

praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a

Samaritan.”  That’s pretty key to what’s happening here.  The Samaritans at this point were half-breed

Jews who were very much racially profiled and outcast from Jewish society.  So it’s a pretty significant

deal here that the Jews don’t return but the Samaritan does.  In fact, Jesus always tells these great

stories where the Samaritan is the hero.  It’s probably one of the things that got Him killed.  “Now he

was a Samaritan.  Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine?  Was no one

found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?”  And he said to him, “Rise and go your

way; your faith has made you well.”

To read or listen to the rest of Matt Chandler’s sermon (Luke Part 37 from 12.20.08), click here: