Spiritual Lepers

October 20, 2010

“While Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem, He was passing between Samaria and Galilee. As He entered a village, ten leprous men who stood at a distance met Him; and they raised their voices, saying, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!’” – Luke 17:11-13

Health is an amazing thing. You see there’s something about health that when we enjoy good health we hardly ever think about it. When we experience bad health, it’s all we can think about.

The Bible speaks of a group of ten men who were sick. They were lepers. Leprosy is an insidious disease. It’s a rare thing in the Western world, but in parts of the world, leprosy still exists. It’s a bacterial infection that, if not cured, can bring permanent damage to the skin, to the limbs, to the eyes and to the nerves. And even though we’re thankful there is a cure for leprosy today, because it is an expensive cure, there are people in poor nations who are not able to experience that cure. They live in a hopeless, shunned state.

Now, I’m going to say something that might shock you…WE ARE ALL BORN SPIRITUAL LEPERS. Hear me out. The Bible tells us that we all born sinners – unclean – hopelessly infected with the spiritual diseases that go back to Adam and Eve. With no cure, our spiritual hearts are ugly and as but filthy rags when left to our own devices. But unlike the lepers, we have a permanent, spiritual cure – we have Jesus Christ. And it’s not expensive for anyone to have – it’s free – and available for anyone who cries out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on me!”

Now, if you read further in Luke 17, you’ll see that when the lepers asked Christ for mercy, as they were going, they were cleansed. In other words, they showed their faith through obedience, and they were made well.

If you haven’t already been made clean by the power of Jesus, do it today. Cry out to Him, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on me!” Your life will be changed in the twinkling of an eye. Forever.