‘He called out, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, ‘Son of David have mercy on me!’’ Luke 18: 38-39 [NIV]
To be a beggar meant to lose dignity and pride, yet to be a blind beggar had even more stigma. In Jesus’ time there was no medical aid and people tended to ignore their obligation to care for the needy.
Having leprosy meant alienation, rejection and abandonment, all negative and hurtful feelings. Jesus saw these ten men and saw their plight, yet He also saw their faith and told them to go and show themselves to the priest. Their act of obedience led to their complete healing.
The story doesn’t end there, because one man came back to Jesus to say thank you and praise God. This man realised that Jesus was the Son of God and knew the power and acceptance in His healing. Not only did he have leprosy but he was a Samaritan too, a hated race by the Jews. If you have time you can read the whole passage here.
‘There in front of him was a man suffering from dropsy. Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law, ‘Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?’ but they remained silent. So taking hold of the man, he healed him and sent him away’. Luke 14: 2-4 [NIV]
When Luke wrote about this healing, his attention to detail as a doctor was clear. The man whom Jesus healed was suffering from a condition that caused the body to swell through excess fluid, so he probably would have looked disfigured as he stood before Jesus. He certainly would have been looked down upon by the Pharisees.
What boldness and courage this woman had, knowing that as she entered the room, she would be fixed with accusing and scornful eyes. So why did she dare to approach Jesus, the Son of God? She knew that she was completely loved, accepted and forgiven by Jesus, and she felt free to lavish Jesus with her love by constantly kissing, wiping her tears and pouring expensive perfume on His feet.
Do you know that God completely loves, accepts and forgives you too?
How much is enough?
John D. Rockefeller was once the world’s richest man. Considering he was a billionaire in the early 1900′s he is still considered as the richest person in modern history. When a reporter asked him, “How much money is enough?” He responded, “Just a little bit more.”
“Better a bread crust shared in lovethan a slab of prime rib served in hate”.
Proverbs 15:17 [The Message]
One of the greatest gifts anyone can have is the gift of contentment. Human experience shows that this doesn’t come from how much we have, nor from how good we look, nor from our achievements, friends or anything else.