Which Leper Are You?

11 As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, He reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. 12 As He entered a village there, ten men with leprosy stood at a distance, 13 crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14 He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.”And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy. 15 One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” 16 He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking Him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan. 17 Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19 And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you.” ~ Luke 17:11-19

As Jesus walked along the border, He was met by ten lepers who were separated from their families because of their leprous disease. They cried from a distance, wanting to be healed. We are like those lepers. We were separated from God and needed cleansing. Sin had us separated from God, and the only thing that could bring us back to God was a blood sacrifice. Without this sacrifice, we would be condemned to spend eternity in a place called the Lake of Fire, a place of torment and agony, but where could we get such a blood sacrifice? 

Jesus made the sacrifice 2,000 years ago when He was crucified on the Cross, once and for all. All we have to do is call out to Him as the Lepers did, and He will cleanse us and make us whole again as He did for the 10 lepers.

When we refuse to acknowledge or accept Jesus’ sacrifice, we are like the 9 lepers who did not come back to give thanks. The problem with that is, if we don’t, we will spend eternity in the Lake of Fire in those eternal flames. But if we do, we will spend eternity with Him in a place of peace, joy, and happiness. Never again be hungry, thirsty, rejected, bullied, or teased. Never again will we have sad goodbyes.

Jesus is our sacrifice, and we no longer need to be separated from God. Jesus has made a way for us. All we have to do is ask Him into our hearts; it is that simple.

LORD God, thank you for your sacrifice. Thank you for taking our place on the Cross. I’m sorry for every sin I’ve committed. Please forgive me. LORD Jesus, please be the LORD of my life. Cover me in Your precious and Holy blood. Please take charge of my life and guide me as I run the race set before me. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.

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