leprosy and lordship

As Jesus was going into a certain gospel meeting, ten men whose lives were full of sin met him.  Each stood and read aloud the words of a familiar prayer, inviting Jesus into his heart as his personal savior and Lord — all the while incredibly concerned with salvation but not grasping the concept of lordship.  “Have mercy on me, a sinner,” each cried out when it was his turn (in that exact phrasing).

When Jesus saw them, he said, “Go, and have someone baptize you by full immersion — and make sure they say it’s for the ‘remission’ of sins (whether you’ve ever used that word before or not).  And as they did so, each man was cleansed of all his sins.”

One of them, when he understood what had happened, came back, praising God in a loud voice.  He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him — and this guy had been a really bad sinner (you know, drugs and stuff).

Jesus asked, “Were not all ten forgiven?  Where are the other nine?  Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this one really bad guy?”  Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has given you true life.”

Luke 17:11-19 (kind of)



Filed under modern-day retelling

3 responses to “leprosy and lordship

  1. ahh.. you had me at drugs and stuff 🙂

    We all know that only the really bad people need Jesus.. right?! 😉

    I enjoyed this ‘rendition’ of that particular encounter with Christ.

    (Do you think their eyes were closed or were they peeking around to see if any of the other lepers were raising their hands?)

    • not sure about the lepers eyes being shut or closed, but i do have a confession. deep down i secretly hope that the 9 who didn’t come back became ill with leprosy once again. i know that’s not how i should feel (that’s why this is a confession), but if i’m honest, i lean this direction.

      good thing i’m not God, because i’m not sure i could freely give OR send rain to both the good and the wicked.

  2. Ike

    I don’t know anywhere in Scripture where Jesus said…..”behold the kingdom of God is at hand……now does anyone want to ask Me into their heart”?

    I have heard preacher’s tell people that if they would repeat this prayer after me……..they would be saved. And even worse….I have heard preacher’s say…..”you are saved…..now all you have to do is “make” Jesus lord of your life”. Are you kidding me? Jesus is Lord of the highest arc angel in heaven….and He is Lord of the worst sinner in hell. We don’t make Him anything. He is Lord of all.

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