Luke 17



Luke 17 includes teachings on forgiveness, faith, and the nature of the kingdom of God. The chapter also features the healing of ten lepers, with an emphasis on gratitude and faith. The overarching theme underscores the importance of being prepared for the coming of the Son of Man and maintaining a faithful and repentant attitude.


  1. Teachings on Forgiveness and Faith (Luke 17:1-10): Jesus instructs his disciples about the importance of forgiving others and warns about causing others to stumble in their faith. He emphasizes the need for a strong and enduring faith, using the analogy of a mustard seed, and illustrates the servant's duty to serve without expecting special recognition.
  2. Healing of Ten Lepers (Luke 17:11-19): Jesus encounters ten lepers who plead for healing. He instructs them to show themselves to the priests, and as they go, they are cleansed. Only one leper, a Samaritan, returns to express gratitude, and Jesus commends him for his faith. This event highlights the themes of faith and gratitude.
  3. The Coming of the Kingdom (Luke 17:20-37): Pharisees inquire about the arrival of the kingdom of God, and Jesus explains that it is not necessarily observable in a visible, earthly manner. Jesus warns about false messiahs and describes the sudden and unexpected nature of the Son of Man's coming, urging readiness.
  4. Days of the Son of Man (Luke 17:22-37): Jesus speaks about the days of the Son of Man, comparing it to the times of Noah and Lot, emphasizing the need for readiness and the consequences of being unprepared.