Where There Not Ten?
Luke 17: 11. Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 12. then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. 13. And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14. So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. 15. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16. And fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. 17. So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? 18. Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19. And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”
Society today has taught many to think more highly of themselves then they should. It seems with every effort of success or accomplishment the voice of non-reason tries to eliminate Father God from the equation. But if we examine every area of our lives we will see the effects of the Word of God, for it is His Word that formed the creation, formed the stars and formed man. Every plant and every bird gives thanks in one form or another, for what He has done. The birds hold their heads high and sing their praise and thanks, as the trees clap their hands as sign of God blessing and prospering his people Scripture noted: Isaiah 55:12. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Everything gives thanks!
This was not the case with the Ten Lepers! They all wanted to receive their healing and when they saw and heard Jesus was in town they cried with a loud voice 13. And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us! Jesus gave them a command 14. So when He saw them, He said to them, Go, and show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. They were all healed on the way to the priest, but only one came back to give God thanks, it was a Samaritan, one who was not required under the Law, but one who submitted Himself as to being under the Law as to God. He was thankful enough for his healing that he turned back to give Jesus praise and thanks. He fell at Jesus feet and worshipped Him with everything he had. He was not worried about who saw him and was not concerned with the way it looked, for he was thankful, for his blessing. He returned to the Lord and the Lord made him whole. The others just got a healing, but he was restored fully.
The other nine are a lot like many of us are today. We cry out to the Lord to receive a blessing of healing physically, mentally and spiritually. When Father God restores a marriage, cause the boss to remember you and give a raise, helps our children make it through some tough times, and yet we don’t return to give thanks. Most churches are empty today and only a remnant has returned to give thanks.
It is evident that we go our way thinking selfishly about ourselves instead of thinking about the sacrifice Jesus made for us. The blessing would not be here if it were not for the Love of the Father John 3:16. For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only son, that whosoever believes in Him would not perish but have eternal life. Don’t be like one of the ten, go to Church and give thanks to the Lord for all He has done!