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Joyful, Prayerful, Thankful
(1 Thess. 5:16-18)
In [Luke 17:11-19] we read of ten outcasts.
They were rejected in their synagogues, unwelcome in their communities and even by their own families – they were lepers.
They weren’t merely different, they were diseased and until they were cured they could have no part of a happy, normal life.
In Luke’s narrative of the event, these men saw Jesus and cried out: “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” Jesus’ reply is remarkable – He simply said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” Now, if I was them, I might have said, “What, that’s it?” “No prayer! No touch! Just go?!” But I don’t think that they had the chance to utter such words of doubt – as soon as the Lord spoke and they responded in faith to His command they were suddenly, miraculously and completely healed.
The illness which these men shared also serves as a metaphor of sin. Sin disfigures us spiritually, it makes us insensitive to God and vulnerable to Satan and its presence bars us from the community of God (the faithful) but Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross made our healing from spiritual leprosy possible.
By His blood, He both heals and restores us to the communion we were created to enjoy with Almighty God.
Though all ten of the men in our story were healed only one returned to give thanks to the Lord who had healed him; the rest, though healed nonetheless, did not return. Who knows what was going through their heads; perhaps it was the overwhelming excitement of actually seeing their skin healed and the knowledge that were free to go back to their families that led to their implied ingratitude – whatever the case only one came back to Jesus in thanksgiving.
Let me ask you, do the words of the Lord in [v.19] “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.” imply that the greater spiritual need of the nine was unmet because they failed to give thanks to Jesus for healing them?
Perhaps; have you thanked the Lord for saving you?
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