This will be a most significant study, and I am sure that each of us will find ourselves in it. It goes without saying that the miracle in Luke 17:11-19 is one of the most astounding miracles ever performed by Jesus Christ. But even more astounding were the reactions in the lives of those who were once ten dying men, but suddenly became ten healed men and now fully alive! One moment they were facing death, and then having been gloriously healed, 9 of the 10 turned their faces away from and their backs on Jesus their Healer.
The setting was this! Ten men were living together in a leper colony cut off from society. The public was afraid of their shadows, let alone their touch. Their plight – all of them had the deadly and contagious disease called leprosy. Today we have the awful “C” word – cancer. Back then, they had the awful “L” word – leprosy. Frankly it was a death sentence. The flesh rotted off from the leper’s bones, and the bones from their bodies.