Healing of the Ten Lepers
The story about the ten lepers
occurred when Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. The men met him, but
stayed a distance away. (The law said a leper must not come near and
must call out "Unclean!" so people would know he had leprosy.)
These men called out, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!" They knew he
had healed others.
Jesus told them to go and show themselves to the priests, and as they
were going, a wonderful thing happened. Their skin became clean and
free from leprosy! We can just imagine the joy they felt.
Nine of the men continued on to go see the priest, but one man turned
back and came to Jesus. He was praising God with a loud voice, and he
fell at Jesus' feet and thanked him.
This man was a Samaritan, a man from the region of Samaria. The
Samaritans were hated by the Jews.
Jesus asked where the other nine men were. Ten were healed, but only
one came back to say "Thank you", and he was a foreigner.
Jesus told the man, "Rise and go. Your faith has made you well."