Only Luke has this story about the curing of the ten lepers. Luke indicated that Jesus saw the 10 lepers (καὶ ἰδὼν). He said to them (εἶπεν αὐτοῖς) that they should go and show themselves to the priests (Πορευθέντες ἐπιδείξατε ἑαυτοὺς τοῖς ἱερεῦσιν). Thus, they did so. As they went on their way (καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῷ ὑπάγειν αὐτοὺς), they were made clean (ἐκαθαρίσθησαν). Luke indicated that Jesus cured the 10 lepers without any special saying or touching. He simply told them to go to the Jewish priests for the leper cleansing ritual. The presumption was that they would be cleansed of their leprosy that actually took place as they were on their way to the Jewish priests in Jerusalem. However, there was no dramatic cure here. Has something wonderful happened to you that did not seem miraculous?
This is another unique story of Luke, one of the 5 times that Jesus cured someone on the Sabbath as in chapter 4:31-35, the man with the unclean spirit, chapter 4;38-39, Simon’s mother-in-law, chapter 6:6-11, the man with the withered hand, and chapter 13:10-17, the crippled woman. This was also the 3rd time that Jesus had dinner with some Pharisees. The other times were in chapters 7:36 and 11:37, thus indicating a friendly personal relationship between Jesus and some of the Pharisees. Luke said that on one occasion or it happened (Καὶ ἐγένετο), when Jesus went into a certain house (ἐν τῷ ἐλθεῖν αὐτὸν εἰς οἶκόν τινος) of a leader of the Pharisees (τῶν ἀρχόντων τῶν Φαρισαίων) to eat a meal or break bread (φαγεῖν ἄρτον) on the Sabbath (σαββάτῳ), they were watching him closely (καὶ αὐτοὶ ἦσαν παρατηρούμενοι αὐτόν). Even when Jesus was with the Pharisees in a social setting, they were still observing him, since he was under constant surveillance. Do you feel that people are watching you?
Luke uniquely said that this physical healing made the leader of the synagogue become indignant (ἀποκριθεὶς δὲ ὁ ἀρχισυνάγωγος, ἀγανακτῶν). Jesus had cured this crippled lady on the Sabbath (ὅτι τῷ σαββάτῳ ἐθεράπευσεν ὁ Ἰησοῦς). This leader said to the crowd of people (ἔλεγεν τῷ ὄχλῳ) that there were 6 days when work ought to be done (ὅτι Ἓξ ἡμέραι εἰσὶν ἐν αἷς δεῖ ἐργάζεσθαι). They could come on those days to be cured (ἐν αὐταῖς οὖν ἐρχόμενοι θεραπεύεσθε), but not on the Sabbath day (καὶ μὴ τῇ ἡμέρᾳ τοῦ σαββάτου). This synagogue leader took offense at Jesus for physically curing this crippled woman on the Sabbath at the very Sabbath service itself. He told the synagogue crowd that healings should take place anytime during those days, but not on the Sabbath. Would you think about going to a doctor on a Sunday?
Luke uniquely continued with this story. Jesus laid his hands on this crippled woman (καὶ ἐπέθηκεν αὐτῇ τὰς χεῖρας). Immediately (καὶ παραχρῆμα), she stood up straight or was made straight (ἀνορθώθη). She began to praise or glorify God (καὶ ἐδόξαζεν τὸν Θεόν). Not only did Jesus tell her that she would be cured, he actually cured her with a physical laying on hands, a gesture of power to place a good spirit where an evil spirit was before. Have you ever seen a faith healer?
Luke said that the crowds found out where Jesus was (οἱ δὲ ὄχλοι γνόντες) and followed him (ἠκολούθησαν αὐτῷ). Thus, Jesus welcomed them (καὶ ἀποδεξάμενος αὐτοὺς) and spoke to them (ἐλάλει αὐτοῖς) about the kingdom of God (περὶ τῆς βασιλείας τοῦ Θεοῦ). He healed those who needed to be cured (καὶ τοὺς χρείαν ἔχοντας θεραπείας ἰᾶτο). A similar statement can be found in all four gospels, Matthew, chapter 14:14, Mark chapter 6:34, and John, chapter 6:2, plus here. Jesus continued his mission of compassion. Mark said that when Jesus went ashore, he saw a great crowd, without any indication of the size of this crowd. He then had compassion for them. However, instead of curing the people as in Matthew and Luke,Mark had Jesus talk to them as being sheep without a shepherd, as in Matthew, chapter 9:36. Then Jesus began to teach the people many things, rather than heal them. The emphasis in Mark here was on teaching rather than healing. Matthew, on the other hand, said that Jesus continued his mission of compassion by curing the ill and the sick people. When Jesus went ashore, he saw a great crowd. He then had compassion for them, so that he cured the feeble and ill people. One of the great acts of kindness of Jesus was curing people of their diseases or sicknesses. How do you treat sick people?
Luke indicated that Jesus said to her (ὁ δὲ εἶπεν αὐτῇ), calling her daughter (Θυγάτηρ), that her faith had saved her or made her well (ἡ πίστις σου σέσωκέν σε). Using the second person singular imperative, he told her that she was to go in peace (πορεύου εἰς εἰρήνην). This ending to the healing of this woman with the flowing blood was nearly the same in Matthew, chapter 9:22, and Mark, chapter 5:34. Mark had pretty much the same narrative as Luke. Like the other healings, Jesus said to this woman that her faith had healed, cured, or saved her. He called her “daughter (Θυγάτηρ).” He told her to go in peace. This woman was cured of her affliction or disease, as faith was a key ingredient in this healing, as in every healing. Matthew was slightly different. He said that Jesus realized that power had gone forth from him. Jesus then turned around and saw her. He realized what she was thinking. Like the other times, Jesus said that her faith had saved or cured her. He called her “daughter (θύγατερ).” He told her to have courage and take heart. With that, this woman was cured at that very hour, rather than at the initial touching of the garment, as in the other 2 synoptics. Faith was a key ingredient in all these healings. How strong is your faith?
Luke said that this woman came up behind Jesus (ροσελθοῦσα ὄπισθεν). She touched the fringe of his cloak (ἥψατο τοῦ κρασπέδου τοῦ ἱματίου αὐτοῦ). Instantly, her bleeding stopped (καὶ παραχρῆμα ἔστη ἡ ῥύσις τοῦ αἵματος αὐτῆς). This woman touching Jesus can also be found in Matthew, chapter 9:21, and Mark, chapter 5:27-29, so that Mark might be the source. Mark said that this woman had heard about Jesus, so that she came up behind him with the crowd all around Jesus. She wanted to touch his cloak, with no mention of the fringes or edges of Jesus’ clothes. She was saying to herself, that if she only touched his cloak or garment, she would be healed or cured. Immediately, her flowing blood dried up or stopped when she touched it. She realized in her body that she was healed from her disease. This woman was aware of what was happening to her own body as she was healed. Matthew said that she came up behind Jesus, because she wanted to touch the fringe or the tassel edge of his cloak. These fringes (κρασπέδου) or bottom tassels often reminded people about the 10 commandments. She was thinking to herself, that if she only touched his cloak or garment, she would be healed or cured. She had a plan to help herself by touching the garment of Jesus. Have you ever tried to touch someone in a crowd?
Luke said that Jairus had an only daughter (ὅτι θυγάτηρ μονογενὴς ἦν αὐτῷ), about 12 years old (ὡς ἐτῶν δώδεκα). She was dying (καὶ αὐτὴ ἀπέθνῃσκεν). As Jesus went (Ἐν δὲ τῷ ὑπάγειν αὐτὸν), the crowds pressed in on him (οἱ ὄχλοι συνέπνιγον αὐτόν). This episode about the request from the synagogue leader about his daughter can be found in Matthew, chapter 9:18-19, but there this leader said that his daughter had just died. Luke mentioned that Jairus’ daughter was 12 years old, but dying. Mark, chapter 5:23-24, said that she was very sick, not dead. Mark said that Jairus, the synagogue leader, begged Jesus, saying that his little daughter was near the end of her life. He wanted Jesus to come and lay his hands on her, so that she would be cured and live. This synagogue leader had a great belief in Jesus. Jesus responded immediately, without saying anything. Jesus simply got up and went with Jairus. However, a large crowd also followed them, so that this crowd pressed against him. Matthew said that Jairus spoke to Jesus telling him that his daughter had just died. There was no mention of this in other two synoptic gospels. In Mark, she was very sick, not dead. However, his belief in the power of Jesus was clear. He said that if Jesus came, he could lay his hand on her. Then she would live. This leader had a great belief in Jesus to raise the dead. Jesus then responded immediately, without saying anything. He simply got up with his disciples. They followed this leader. Do you believe in the power of Jesus?
Luke uniquely said that some women (καὶ γυναῖκές), who had been cured of evil spirits (τινες αἳ ἦσαν τεθεραπευμέναι ἀπὸ πνευμάτων πονηρῶν) and other infirmities (καὶ ἀσθενειῶν), were with him also. Mary (Μαρία), called Magdalene (ἡ καλουμένη Μαγδαληνή), from whom 7 demons had departed (ἀφ’ ἧς δαιμόνια ἑπτὰ ἐξεληλύθει) was with him also. This Mary Magdalene, who traveled with Jesus as one of his followers, probably came from the town of Magdala, a fishing town on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. She was explicitly mentioned by name 12 times in the canonical gospels, more than most of the other apostles, indicating her importance. She certainly was a key figure in the gospel stories about the death and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus apparently healed her in some way that is not indicated, since Luke said that 7 demons had been driven out of her, a statement that Mark, chapter 16:9, also said. She helped support Jesus’ ministry, indicating that she was probably relatively wealthy. This Mary was a central figure in later apocryphal Gnostic Christian writings. She had a very popular following in the Middle Ages as the repentant woman. In the late 20th century, she became more popular with her role in the play of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Jesus Christ Super Star” (1971) and Dan Brown’s novel and movie “Da Vinci Code” (2003 and 2006). What do you think about Mary Magdalene?
Luke said that all the people in the crowds were trying to touch Jesus (καὶ πᾶς ὁ ὄχλος ἐζήτουν ἅπτεσθαι αὐτοῦ). Power came out from him (ὅτι δύναμις παρ’ αὐτοῦ), as he went around healing all of them (ἐξήρχετο καὶ ἰᾶτο πάντας). Mark, chapter 3:10, said that Jesus had cured many people, so that everyone pressed or crushed around him. All the people with diseases hoped to touch him to be healed of their illness. Jesus had a magic like healing power.