Luke 17: “Where Are The Other Nine?”

Found only in the Gospel of Luke stands the story of ten lepers who were healed by Jesus. Before we begin you have to know, ten were healed, but only one was freed.

Luke 17:11-14 (NLT) 11 As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. 12 As he entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance, 13 crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

14 He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.

These lepers understand the rules. They were outside the village like they were supposed to. They kept their distance like they were supposed to; and they understood something about Jesus that most people to this day still miss… He is Master. 

So they didn’t reach out for Jesus, they didn’t touch Jesus, Jesus didn’t even touch them, he simply said, go show yourselves to the priest. Jesus was asking them to step (literally) out on faith and obediently walk towards the Temple. So that’s what they did! Now, in my mind’s eye, I like to picture all ten lepers being healed with step, after obedient step, towards the Temple. If the story stopped here, this would be a good story, but it doesn’t. Continue reading Luke 17: “Where Are The Other Nine?”