The horrific condition of Lepers in Scripture is meant to paint a graphic picture of sin and its effects in our lives. Luke wants us to see in this story the amazing grace of God to us through Jesus, which is both unbelievably costly and freely given. Finally we see that 9 out of the 10 lepers are happy to receive God’s grace for healing, but are not interested in relationship with Jesus. The tenth leper, however, responds with saving faith and we are challenged to consider our own response to God’s grace through Jesus.
11 On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance 13 and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” 14 When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. 15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; 16 and he fell on his face at Jesus' feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. 17 Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”