In biblical times, life wasn’t very cushy, but of all the horrible things that could befall a person, it was Leprosy that made it every year onto the Roman’s Top Ten Things That Will Eventually Kill You and Make You Miserable In the Meantime List.
One day Jesus was traveling about the countryside, when he came upon a midnight clear (not really, just had to say that). He came upon a little village where ten men came out to meet Him. All these men had one thing in common: The Big L.
Because of their leprosy, people were afraid to get near these men even while wearing hazmat robes.
These Lepers had heard via the grapevine (this was way way before cell phones but grapevines were somewhat effective (with mixed results) in long distance communication if one yelled loud enough) that Jesus could cure Leprosy!
When Jesus got to the village the men were lined up waiting for him. They called out to Jesus, “Jesus have mercy on us!” They wanted to be sure Jesus heard them so they called again and again.
Jesus might have wanted to say right about then that he wasn’t deaf, but, of course, He didn’t, because He was, after all, Jesus. (Whenever Jesus was faced with a dilemma he would always ask himself, “What would I do?” thus ensuring that things always turned out well.)
Jesus saw the men and said, “You are well. Go back into town. Go to the priest. He will see that you are well. He will tell the people. They won’t be afraid to come near you.” (In case you haven’t noticed, Jesus was partial to short sentences.)
The men looked at their arms and legs and rejoiced. Not only was the leprosy gone, but they could all kiss the heartbreak of psoriasis goodbye as well! And they all proceeded to skip happily back into the village!
But one man stopped skipping when he realized he had forgotten to thank Jesus. So he ran back to Jesus and fell down before him and said, “Thank you for making me well again.”
And Jesus said to the man “There were ten lepers who came out to meet me and I made all of them well again. But you are the only one who remembered to thank me. Where are the nine others?”
“Uh . . . . writing thank you notes?”
And that concludes this week’s Sunday School dropout bible story, dear reader! And what did we learn today? Only one out of ten lepers has good manners.
Until next time. . . . I love you