As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” Luke 17:12-13
Jesus enters a village, and ten men with leprosy yell at him from a distance. The distance and loud voices should catch our attention. It was hard being a leper in the first century. They were considered unclean and forced to live at a distance from all of society. This often meant leaving one’s family, job and home behind until they were healed. They not only FELT like outsiders, but they WERE outsiders not allowed in. So, it’s pretty significant Jesus takes the time to see and help them. He didn’t bypass them. He saw, interacted with and helped them.
Many of us feel like outsiders today. We struggle to find our place for a variety of reasons. We get cut from the team, left out of a big work meeting, or wrestle with our relationships. Whatever it is, we feel like we’re watching life happen for everyone else from a distance. When we feel like we are on the outside, it is important we see the heart of our Savior. Jesus sees us, cares about us and came for us. Because he of all this—we can experience the tender welcome of our Savior whenever we are feeling outside.
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