Jesus and His disciples walked toward Jerusalem. Along the way they came to a small village where 10 men called from a distance. “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” Jesus knew they had sores from leprosy on their face or hands or feet. They could not feel anything. They might cut their foot and not know it. They could burn their finger and not feel it.
However, that wasn’t the worst part. In Jesus’ time lepers couldn’t live in the village with their families because they might give their families or other people leprosy. People would go outside the village and set out food for them and hurry away. If someone came close by accident, lepers had to shout “Unclean! Unclean!” and hurry in the other direction.
These 10 lepers had heard about Jesus. They knew that He had made many people well. They wanted Him to make them well too. That’s why they called to Him.
Jesus loved them and He wanted to help them. So He said to them, “Go show yourselves to the priest at the Temple.”
In Jesus’ time the priest decided who had leprosy. The priest was the only one who could decide a person was well, too.
Even though the men still had leprosy, they did what Jesus told them. They headed straight for the priest. And as they went they were healed! Their sores were gone, and their skin was nice and soft and new. They could feel their feet again. They could run! They couldn’t wait to see the priest! Soon they would be able to go home again!
Jesus and His disciples watched. Suddenly one man stopped. He turned around and came back. He was shouting something. Was it “Unclean, unclean”? No, it sounded like “Praise God! Praise God!” He ran back and fell down at Jesus’ feet.“Thank You, Jesus,” he said. “Thank You for making me well!”
Jesus smiled. He was glad the man was well. And He was glad the man came back to say thank You. Jesus turned to His disciples. “I know there were 10 men who were sick and who are well now. Where are the other nine?” He asked.
Jesus loves to make people happy. And He loves to hear people say thank You. Let’s be like the man who said thank You.