Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative to present Jesus in the context he walked in with the unknown disciple that narrates introducing my thoughts and sparking more ideas with his questions. Enjoy.
We began going towards Jerusalem, traveling along the border between Samaria and Galilee.
As he was going into a village, we saw a group of men at the outskirts.
“10 of them,” Andrew said.
“Lepers,” James noted.
“Jews and Samaritans,” Bartholomew said.
“Must’ve been lonely. We tend to avoid each other,” Peter remarked.
They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
Jesus looked at them, sadness in his eyes at their condition. Then he smiled, saying, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.”
They immediately left towards Jerusalem.
An hour later, one came back, only walking a mile and a half before turning back. We heard him shouting before we saw him.
We were sitting in the shade, resting. A voice rang out, praising God. It was one of the men.
He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. The leprosy was gone.
“He’s a Samaritan,” I said.
Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?
Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?”
That didn’t look good for the other nine.
Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
I wondered what happened to the other nine. Did they give glory to God?