Summary: This message uses a story to coincide with the Bible story of the 10 lepers. It emphasizes the fact that many people are not thankful.
"The Mr. Fix It"
 And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.  And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:  And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.  And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.  And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,  And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.  And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?  There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.  And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
His name was Simon Martin.
But everybody called him "the Handyman!"
He was the neighborhood Mr. Fix-it,
the man who could put anything back together.
He was often seen surrounded by neighborhood children
watching eagerly as he fixed a little boy’s bike
or put a wheel back on a little girl’s doll carriage.
His kind heart attracted many people to Simon.
In fact, some people tookj advantage of Simon.
They saw Simon an easy mark for free repair work.
Simon reminds me of Jesus.
People flocked from everywhere to hear Jesus speak.
But many people came to Jesus…just to be blessed by Him.
They brought their sick, their blind…their crippled…their demon possessed.
And He never turned any away!
He blessed them all.
That’s why we shouldn’t be surprised
How Jesus was willing to help the 10 lepers.
They cried out…and He blessed.
Folks…It’s still the same today!
THE MULTITUDES COME TO JESUS
FOR WHAT HE CAN DO:
VERSES 12, 13:
 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:  And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
The lepers came for cleansing.
Leprosy is a very contagious skin disease.
It kills the nerves in the skin.
The loss of pain sensation causes a person to injure himself.
When a dentist numbs your mouth…he says “don’t chew on your cheek!”
You won’t feel it…but it will damage your mouth!
That’s what leprosy did!
A person would cut or scrape his hands or feet…it wouldn’t hurt.
It would get infected…and begin to rot off.
Leprosy disfigured a persons body…they looked terrible!
They were outcasts from society:
cut off from loved ones, living homeless in the wilderness
or among the graves in cemeteries.
They stood 100 paces off the roadside calling out a warning:
Leviticus 13:45, 46.
And the leper in whom the plague is, his clothes shall be rent, and his head bare, and he shall put a covering upon his upper lip, and shall cry, Unclean, unclean.  All the days wherein the plague shall be in him he shall be defiled; he is unclean: he shall dwell alone; without the camp shall his habitation be.
These 10 lepers wanted Jesus to fix that!
They were unable to worship in the temple.
Thus shall ye separate the children of Israel from their uncleanness; that they die not in their uncleanness, when they defile my tabernacle that is among them.
They wanted Jesus to fix that!
They were considered unworthy sinners.
The Jews believed that if a man was terribly sick,
it indicated God’s punishment for sin.
To help such a person would be to thwart God’s dealing with him.
The lepers wanted Jesus to fix that!
The Bible tells us that Blind men sat along the road crying for His mercy;
People with sick and dying loved ones beged His power.
The deaf, the lame, the oppressed came to Jesus.
They wanted Him to fix it!
I’m not saying we should not do that!
That’s precisely what we ought to do!
We ought to come to Jesus with
broken lives and wrecked potential.
broken dreams and lost hopes.
broken hearts and wounded spirits.
broken relationships and ruined friendships.
broken promises and destroyed commitments.
The lepers came and others came too.
Because so many came, Jesus was hardly able to get any rest.
The multitudes sought Him and found Him wherever He went –
And Jesus showed them compassion!
He dealt kindly with them all.
It was like that for Simon Martin.
The Handyman was always busy mending somebody’s broken something.
He never took any pay.
He was just happy to be able to help.