From afar off He heard their plea, as they cried out, lifting their voices saying, “Jesus, Master have mercy on us!”
“Go and show yourselves to the priests,” he replied. And as they obediently heeded the command, they were healed. All ten, suffering from leprosy had their mark of shame removed.
Yet one…Just one, when he saw he was healed, returned and with a loud voice glorified God.
Just one fell down on his face at the Mater’s feet giving Him thanks.
The one, a Samaritan thus seemingly the least to return would be the one to come back with thanksgiving on his lips.
And while the one had been cleansed physically, upon his return, with thanks on his lips, he was granted another level of healing. As He bowed at the Master’s feet, Jesus declared, “Arise, your faith as made you well.” Again, the leper had already been physically healed in the act of obedience in presenting himself to the priest, but this second encounter with the Master produced additional fruit in the life of the leper. He was made well from the inside out! The leper was restored and it was done so publicly.
So, have you returned to tell the Master thank you?
Thank you for protecting me from dangers seen and unseen.
Thank you Lord for supplying all my needs according to your riches in glory.
Thank you Lord that through all the trauma I’ve experienced, I am strong in my body, strong in my mind and strong in spirit.
Thank you that when I don’t know what to say, you make intercession to the Father on my behalf.
Thank you for presenting me before the Father blameless.
Thank you for being my advocate, defending me, petitioning for me and protecting me.
Thank you for loving, meaningful relationships.
Thank you for not leaving me to my own devices but for correcting me, disciplining me and molding me as to correct my character flaws.
Are you like the nine? When they received their healing it is likely they returned to rejoice with their family and friends. After all, they had been excommunicated and would naturally want to reunite with their loved ones. Jesus is making His point CLEAR to you and me when He calls out, not directly to the leper, but speaking so that the onlookers could hear and internalize, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” Luke 17:17-19
While Jesus isn’t healing us of leprosy today, He is healing our:
And the list goes on and on.
And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. Luke 17:15-16
Will you be the one?
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies. Psalm 107:1-2
If you are the one, pray with me.
Oh most holy and worthy God we come to lift your name on high. Your name that is above all names. You are highly exalted. Yahweh we bow before you. We fall at your feet in surrender with thanks in our hearts and praise on our lips. We thank you for loving us when we didn’t love ourselves. We thank you for shielding us when we knowingly walked into precarious situations. We thank you for delivering us from the hand of the enemy. We thank you that even in our disobedience you still tell us to come to you. We thank you for loving us with an everlasting love. Oh Father, what more can we say? All the glory belongs to you. As we kneel in your presence, our hearts are overcome with the sheer greatness of how truly good you’ve been to us. Let our surrender and our lifestyle of obedience demonstrate how truly grateful we are. We love you Lord. Amen.