The Nine or the One? Luke 17:11-19 11As He went on His way to Jerusalem, it occurred that [Jesus] was passing [along the border] between Samaria and Galilee. 12And as He was going into one village, He was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance. 13And they raised up their voices and called, Jesus, Master, take pity and have mercy on us! 14And when He saw them, He said to them, Go [at once] and show yourselves to the priests. And as they went, they were cured and made clean. 15Then one of them, upon seeing that he was cured, turned back, recognizing and thanking and praising God with a loud voice; 16And he fell prostrate at Jesus’ feet, thanking Him [over and over]. And he was a Samaritan. 17Then Jesus asked, Were not [all] ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18Was there no one found to return and to recognize and give thanks and praise to God except this alien? 19And He said to him, Get up and go on your way. Your faith (your trust and confidence that spring from your belief in God) has restored you to health. In this story ten lepers saw Jesus and begged Him to heal Him. Leprosy is a terrible disease that eats away at the skin. It is a highly contagious disease. When someone had leprosy in ancient times they were immediately ostracized from the rest of society. They were no longer allowed to live in the city but were instead sent to live outside the city walls so they would not contaminate anyone else. In addition to the pain in their bodies, they also more than likely had to endure emotional and mental anguish, and loneliness. When these men asked Jesus to heal them He did and by restoring their physical health, He also restored them in every other way. How amazing it is that out of the ten men only one of them was grateful enough to come back and thank Jesus. Jesus Himself was even surprised at the lack of appreciation the other nine men showed. When God does something for us, are we like the nine lepers, or like the one who came back? Do we truly take the time to stop and come back to Him and thank Him for what He has done for us, or are we so consumed with our lives that we just go on our way, never truly acknowledging the blessings the Lord bestows upon us? Notice that it doesn’t say the one man said thank you once and went on his way. He turned back thanking and praising God with a loud voice then he fell down before Jesus thanking Him over and over. Psalm 97:12 says 12Rejoice in the Lord, you [consistently] righteous (upright and in right standing with God), and give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness. We too should thank Him continuously for all that He is and all that He does. I encourage you today to take some time to offer thanks to our Heavenly Father.
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