The Healing of Ten Leper’s
Luke 17:11-12 “And it came to pass, as He went to Jerusalem, that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.
And as He entered into a certain village, there met Him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:”
Jesus is in His last year of ministry, and He is going to Jerusalem, knowing full well what will happen there. (His betrayal, suffering, death, and resurrection)
But He did not just forget everything, or everyone along the way…no..He ministered till the end.
Luke 17:13 “And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.”
So here He comes across ten lepers, all standing “afar off”….but crying out for help.
(It says “there met Him”, as if they knew He was going to pass this way, and waited to see Him)
Luke 17:14 “And when He saw them, He said unto them, Go show yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.”
Simple directions for their healing, if they follow them. And they did….and they were indeed healed, by obeying Jesus.
(Interesting fact: Leviticus 14:2 “This shall be the law of the leper in the day of his cleansing; he shall be brought unto the priest:”.
So their going to the priest was to fulfill the law, and by obeying Jesus, they were cleansed on the way.)
Luke 17:15-16 “And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
And fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.”
Whether the other nine saw they were cleansed or not, right away, as this one did…..his “loud voice” would have told them…..but they did not turn around to give glory to God, or to thank the Lord Jesus.
No thanks is ever recorded from them. They obeyed and were healed from their leprosy…..without even a word of thanks.
(How do we react to the many blessings God gives us?)
But the one, a Samaritan, saw…returned to Jesus, praising God and giving thanks to Him…..and received further blessing.
Luke 17:19 “And He said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.”
But why does Jesus say “thy faith hath made thee whole?” Wasn’t he healed already?
This healing was of the whole man…he was saved by faith in the Lord right then.
He was healed in his body, from the leprosy….when he obeyed Jesus.
And healed in mind and heart, by joyful thanksgiving…to God.
And healed in spirit, by salvation….when Jesus declared him whole!
Then he was given direction to return to his old life, in faith! “Go thy way…”
Amazing blessings…and that for the life ahead, and for eternity,……because he came to Jesus in thanksgiving.
The ten knew God had healed them…..and their healing was enough for them, for that is all they wanted with Jesus.
(It was certainly a picture of the nation of Israel, and many; who wanted the things Jesus would do, but did not want Him)
(Are we crying out to Him for what He will do for us, and not who He is?)
But the Samaritan knew Jesus was the Son of God, and that He had healed him.
And he wanted….before anything else, to give Him thanks, for it.
We are told to:
1 Thessalonians 5:18-19 “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Quench not the Spirit.” (Don’t put out the fire of joy of the Spirit within you)
“For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus.”
Are we fulfilling this part, of the will of God, in our lives, by giving the praise that is due Christ?
Well, nine settled for the physical healing….when they could have had so much more….
….but one, came and in praise….received Jesus as Lord and Savior….and was blessed again!