HOST: Ron House
On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”
This text is not as much about the miraculous healing of these ten lepers as it is about their gratitude, or lack thereof. Leprosy was a disease that not only robbed its victims of their health, but of their lives in every sense. With this dreaded disease came the loss of family, community, and every social tie and activity in the leper’s life. In this miracle, these ten men’s lives were restored. Not only was this fatal disease taken from them, but they could return to their families, friends, jobs, and places in society. It was truly a life-changing event. Can you imagine not saying thank you, not making your way back to Jesus to give thanks, honor, and praise to the One who had given you so much? Yet nine of these men did not. Shameful! But have you considered that so many do the same thing today? Jesus has given us so many blessings, the greatest of which is the healing of our souls from sin. We have been saved, rescued, redeemed. But so many never acknowledge the great mercy, grace, and love that God has shown toward us through Jesus. They never return to give thanks, honor, or praise to the One who has given them so much. May God help us to be ever grateful!
How do we show our gratitude to Jesus?
Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!