People ask “If God really exists why do we suffer so much in life?” There are many answers. A possible explanation is that God has a great purpose in man’s sufferings. He use sufferings to bring the sufferer to know his saving power. Luke’s narrative of Jesus healing the 10 Lepers is a classic example. Let’s see.
Text: Luke 17:11-19
1. Deadly problems
A. Lepers were ritually unclean and lived separately from the community, (Leviticus 14:36) There was no cure, (Hansen’s disease?)
C. Only two people were cured in the entire Old Testament History. They were Merriam and Naaman.
D. Every one has 2 types of deadly problems. Physical problems such as sickness and debt. Then the sin problem which separates us from God.
2. Jesus can fix them
A. Jesus has been there done that, (Hebrews 4:15). Christianity is about the living God, not a religion or a philosophy.
B. The same Jesus, who healed these lepers and many others, although died for our sin was resurrected to life after three days and alive today.
C. He has the authority to heal you and forgive your sin, (Mark 2:1-12). In fact He alone can do it. Come unto Him today!
3. Social outcasts
A. He didn’t chase them away. Unlike the Priest and the Levite in the parable of the Good Samaritan, neither He sought for a route of escape.
B. The social out casts of our day: Drug addicts, Porn Stars, Prostitutes, Criminals, Homosexuals, Physically and mentally despaired, HIV patients, beggars you name it.
C. If He has compassion for the porn star will He not care for you? The world rejects. God doesn’t.
4. Asking for mercy
A. Jesus’ popularity in the region as a miracle worker was wide spread. Probably these Lepers had heard of Him. They recognized Jesus’ authority and sought after His mercy.
B. Admit your need and trust God to touch you: People accept they have a physical need but too many deny that they have a spiritual need. Such people also can receive God’s favor – but they will miss the most important thing in life, salvation for the soul.
C. But unto those who accept He will grant freedom, (John 3:18) Jesus was on His way to an important destination. But He took time to help the Lepers. God is a loving God who cares for those who come unto Him.
5. Faith in action
A. Jesus didn’t heal these Lepers the usual way. They were told to go and appear before the priests instead. They were healed while they were on their way.
B. Faith is trusting and obeying God even if you don’t have any visible, physical evidence supporting your decision.
C. Faith means enduring the test of time. (some times God heals instantly some times He takes longer) Trust God for His word – Peter walked on water he trusted Jesus for His word, (Romans 10:17)
6. Miracles and salvation
A. Nine lepers never returned. What would be the reason? They were obedient to a point, but they failed in the end.
B. What are your excuses for receiving the benefits of Christianity and rejecting the savior, (Read the illustration)
C. “Your faith has made you well.” Literally means “saved”. Three primary meanings (1) Physical healing and even an exorcism (2) Saving of one’s physical life (3) Eternal salvation. The Samaritan Leper’s “salvation” went beyond the cleansing of his leprosy to the cleansing of his sin.
Commit your life unto the Lord Jesus Christ in gratitude to what He will do for you this evening and He will give you the gift of eternal life.