Walking into a village one day, Jesus Christ is met by ten lepers.
These men would be sorry sights. Their bodies were riddled with this horrible disease. They came as near as they might dare. Men with leprosy had to keep away from others, one hundred paces at least.
Crying out, they ask Jesus for mercy. This was no beautiful quiet whispered prayer. That does not happen when you are desperate.
Leprosy, like sin, is contagious.
It is loathsome, spreads easily, and separates people from people. Jesus saw these deformed limbs and diseased bodies, and had compassion on them. How could Jesus do anything else? Was this not why he had come into the world? This was certainly one of the main reasons.
Jesus cave these lepers very specific instructions. He commanded them with that authority which only the Son of God could exercise. They were cleared of their leprosy, immediately. Read the account of what actually happened as it was written by a medical doctor. Turn to the detail of this scenario in Luke Chapter 17.
One of the ten, a Samaritan, saw that he was healed. The pain disappeared. The sores vanished.
He came back to the place where Jesus was, and worshiped God with a loud voice, falling down at Jesus feet, giving Him thanks.
When you have been so touched by the living God, being 'dignified' becomes comparatively unimportant.
Jesus asked, "Were there not ten of you? Where are the other nine?
Looking at this one man who returned to express gratitude, Jesus Christ says, "Rise and go. Your faith has made you whole."
He was not just healed. He was made whole. It was as if he had never had leprosy. On his body there would be no remaining marks, scars, or any other painful reminders.
Jesus does not just want to deal with a specific problem or trouble. His desire is to make men whole. What more does a man require?