b. Our affliction
I don’t think any of us here have leprosy…
We may not have had leprosy of the skin, but we’ve had leprosy of the soul.
Physically speaking, lepers were regarded as outcasts – away from blessings, love, and acceptance.
Spiritually speaking, the same was true of us in the eyes of God apart from Jesus…
· It started in Eden:
So [God] drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life. (Gen 3:24)
· It continues to this day:
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God… (Rom 3:23)
· Listen to the words of Scripture:
Remember that you [who are now Christians] were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. (Eph 2:12)
We were afflicted with the disease of leprosy of the soul… the condemnation of sin.
· Jesus is looking for people who acknowledge their affliction for what it is. Have you come to terms with the gravity of sin’s affliction?
2. We have a common Need (v. 13)
a. The lepers’ need - “they raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
The ten lepers understood that the only way they were ever going to find healing from their affliction, it would be by the mercy of Jesus.
b. Our need
There was a time when we came to that point in life where we were confronted with Jesus, the Master… and knew that He had it in His heart to give mercy to those who called on Him.
There are many people who are willing to say,
· Jesus, Master, show me a miracle!
· Jesus, Master, show me a sign!
· Jesus, Master, display your power!
· Jesus, Master, crush my enemies!
· Jesus, Master, get me out of this tight spot!
But when we lay our heads on our pillow at night – thanks be to God for His immeasurable mercy!
That is what we really needed… We could never be who we are, or where we are at in life today, if it weren’t for His mercy.
· A common definition of mercy is: “NOT getting what we DO DESERVE”
The Bible says that “The wages of sin is death…” That is what we deserve!
But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ… (Eph 2:4-5)
3. We have a common Faith (v. 14)
a. The lepers’ faith - “Go and show yourselves to the priests.”
The OT Law prescribed that a person who was healed of leprosy was to go to the priest for official inspection and acclamation that the person was healed.
By obediently going on their way to the priest, the lepers were demonstrating that they had faith in the words of Jesus Christ.
Jesus didn’t reach out and touch them. He doesn’t say, “Be healed.” He tells them to show themselves to the priest. He was telling them to act as if they were healed, and they were healed.
Think about it – if they didn’t have faith in what Jesus had said, they would have probably run up near to Him and bowed and begged for a miracle. But they didn’t…