Summary: This text is usually taught with a focus on thanksgiving. We will certainly do that. But there are also some incredible principles that we can learn concerning Jesus Christ – His compassion and His sufficiency to save those who feel helpless and hopeless.
Jesus Christ: Mighty To Save
1. What would you do if you left church today and ten people with the same contagious, infectious disease cried out to you wanting you to help them?
2. This is exactly what happened to Jesus Christ as He was passing through Samaria and Galilee. Ten men with the same disease cried out to Jesus for healing. Luke 17:11-19
3. These men where sick with the disease of leprosy. We don’t see or hear much about leprosy today, but in Jesus’ day it was a dreaded disease that called for people to be isolated from others.
• The leper was removed from society, and he lost everything (his family, his job, his material possessions, his dignity). This is why they had to yell from a distance to get Jesus’ attention.
4. There was no medicinal cure for this. They were helpless and hopeless, but when they saw Jesus, they knew they had hope at last.
5. This text is usually taught with a focus on thanksgiving. We will certainly do that. But there are also some incredible principles that we can learn concerning Jesus Christ – His compassion and His sufficiency to save those who feel helpless and hopeless. Jesus is mighty to save!
6. From our text, I want you to see that Jesus saves those who are:
1. These men were sick with a physical disease (“ten men that were lepers”), but leprosy paints a vivid picture of sin and how it ravages its victims.
• Leprosy begins with little white spots appearing on the skin, and they become very scaly and spread all over the body. Often, it will afflict the face first, and soon thereafter, the appearance of the face will change. The spots will begin to fill with puss and run all over the body, causing a foul odor.
• After some time, it totally consumes one’s body. Eyebrows will fall out, and one’s hair will turn white. The person literally rots away – fingers and toes fall off. It will usually last an average of nine years until the victim collapses and wastes away.
2. What a picture of sin. It starts out small, but eventually, it consumes us. Sin ultimately destroys a person outside and inside. It brings destruction and damnation. James 1:15
1. Concerning the leper, the law stated that they had to be put outside the camp or town. They couldn’t be around other people. Numbers 5:2-3
2. Notice in our text it says they stood “afar off.” vs. 12
• Tradition says that the leper had to stay 100 paces away from everybody else. All they could do was cry out from a distance.
3. In the same way, our sin separates us from a holy God. Isaiah 59:2
5. Only Jesus can bridge this breach between sinful man and a holy God. His death on the cross was for sinners who deserve death.