As [Jesus] was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
The Amazing Love of God
In Jesus’ day, leprosy was a horrible illness and was incurable. If you caught leprosy, you had to move away from society and live with other lepers. That’s why in our verses today, we meet a group of ten men who were together because they had leprosy. When they realized that Jesus was close by, they pleaded for him to have pity on them.
Unfortunately, this account has kind of a sour ending. To summarize, Jesus healed all ten of them, but only one of them returned to say thank you.
Did Jesus know that would happen? Sure, he did because he knows all things.
Most amazingly, he had pity on them anyway! Most graciously, he healed all of them!
In the same way, our gracious God continues to deal with you and me today. Yes, he knows we’ll fail to appreciate his mercy and often fail to thank him for his blessings.
Yet he continues to deal with us in mercy and with blessing. What a forgiving, loving God!
Lord Jesus, forgive me for the countless times I’ve failed to thank you for your mercy, failed to appreciate your blessings. Remind me of your love, that I might be emboldened to live with joy and confidence and might return often to thank you for your mercy. Amen.