- A person suffering from leprosy.
- A person who is avoided or rejected by others for moral or social reasons. “The story made her out to be a social leper.” Similar: Outcast, social outcast, pariah, untouchable, undesirable, exile, reject, nonperson, unperson, persona non grata.
A chronic, curable infectious disease mainly causing skin lesions and nerve damage.Leprosy is caused by infection with the bacterium Mycobacterium leprae. It mainly affects the skin, eyes nose and peripheral nerves.
According to the Gospel of Matthew, when Jesus Christ came down from the mountainside after the Sermon on the Mount, large multitudes followed him. A man full of leprosy came and knelt before Him and inquired him saying, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean?”
Jesus Christ reached out His hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” He said. “Be clean!” Instantly he was cured of his leprosy. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you do not tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
In Mark and Luke instead the cured went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places. Yet the people still came to Him from everywhere.
Why do we share this? Many reasons!
Jesus Heals Ten Men With Leprosy
Now on Jesus’ way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee 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!”
When Jesus saw them, He said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked Him — he was a Samaritan.
Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God, except this foreigner?” Then Jesus said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
What happened to/with the other 9? Seeing this, we understand that there was much cause for dissension.
“But the whole crowd shouted, “Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us!” (Barabbas had been thrown into prison for an insurrection in the city, and for murder.)
Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate appealed to them again. But they kept shouting, “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!”
We move along and link the ‘rabble rousers’ to people among the masses that ‘felt’ they ‘awaited’ a Messiah!
Coming to His hometown, Jesus began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?” they asked. “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t His Mother’s name Mary, and aren’t His family: James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? (where were they at the crucifixion? Many say these were ‘brothers’. I am Nigerian, here in the 20th century even, there are no specific terms for older/younger brother/Sister, cousin or family member besides your father and mother.
“Members of my household” either Older – Egbon or younger – Aburo are used.
So many people have attempted to argue this point.
We look to attempt to explain the birth of our Lord – Jesus.
Mary was here for ONE reason and that was told her by the angel Gabriel!
Blessed are Thou among women! Was said. She was given a choice, she willfully accepted to be ‘shamed’ bear a child without being married! People can do math! 9 months? She was with Elizabeth the mother of John the Baptist for months due to her advanced age! The Visitation is the visit of Mary, who was pregnant with Jesus, to Elizabeth, who was pregnant with John the Baptist, as recorded in the Gospel of Luke, Luke 1:39–56.
We read an occurence where in The Word it is stated: “Aren’t all His sisters with us?” This would in the classic English sense implying that The Virgin Mary had ‘multiple’ children. I state culture to give an understanding in English language what is implied here. Not Jesus’ siblings, but His relatives!
Let me ask “Where were these ‘family members’ when Jesus was crucified?”
So, at the foot of the Cross, it was John, Mary (mother of Jesus), Mary’s sister (Salome), Mary (wife of Clopas), and Mary Magdalene. They would have rather been at any other place, but they chose to be at the foot of the Cross. Where then were Jesus’ supposed family?
We have taken a ‘leap’, we started at ‘Lepers’ healed. How did we arrive here? A lot to contemplate. Issue is that those who felt belittled by there lack of faith like the 9 other lepers, sought to ‘do away’ with this ‘supposed’ Prophet.
He should arrive in Splendor ruling The World and have all placed in subjection under His feet. It is so, we were and are tested every step of the way! Trust Him Who has ALL under His feet, Amen.
We get a smidgen of a taste of what was and is. Outcasts, lepers were! Jesus touched them and made them whole, Amen. The inexplicable! https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/endure-the-inexplicable
Faith makes it clear what actually was. Those at the foot of the cross were blessed. Yes! They were tried/tested but they were testimonies to The Power and Essence of The LORD God, Amen!
We will briefly read of these individuals at the foot of the cross:
John wrote the book of Revelations which required him experiencing so very much. John was banished (presumably to Patmos) after being plunged into boiling oil in Rome and suffering nothing from it. It is said that all in the audience of Colosseum were converted to Christianity upon witnessing this miracle.
Ponder this: persons at the foot of the cross are ‘complex’ Mary is identified in the synoptic gospels as one of the women who went to Jesus‘ tomb after He was buried. Mark 16:1 and Luke 24:10 refer to “Mary the mother of James” (family as we spoke of) as one of the women who went to the tomb. Matthew 27:56 says that “Mary the mother of James and Joseph” was watching the crucifixion from a distance. Not for fear at the foot of the cross.
Mary Magdalene, sometimes called simply the Magdalene or the Madeleine, was a Jewish woman who, according to the four canonical gospels, traveled with Jesus as one of his followers and was a witness to his crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.
Born: 22 AD, Magdala, Israel
Full name: Mary of Magdala
Sibling: Martha, Lazarus of Bethany
did this man get all these things?” And they took offense at Him.
But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home.” Matthew 13:54-57