In Luke 17:11-19, we read the story of Jesus passing through Samaria and Galilee. While on his journey, he healed 10 lepers who cried out for mercy.
Jesus, being the human Image of God’s mercy, was attentive to their request and gave them an immeasurable sign of compassion.
He instructed them to go present themselves to the temple as a sign of being purified from suffering leprosy (Lev. 14:2-9).
One of those Samaritans praised God loudly and came back to show appreciation to Jesus because he had received God’s healing. He noticed that only one out of nine of the lepers came back to show their thankfulness. As a result, Jesus tells him, “Your faith has made you well.”
As I read these verses, it seemed like God opened my eyes to me realizing he is the source of mercy. God is Omnibenevolent (infinitely loving/All-good) abounding in love, kindness, compassion, and mercy. It’s an attribute of his nature.
Since this is the case, we must ask and accept the invitation to allow mercy in our lives. Just as in the parable of The Blind Man in Jericho (Luke 11:35-43), people tried to shut the blind person up, but he cried out for God’s mercy louder. We too must not let our doubts, worries, or close relatives/friends prevent us from reaching TO Christ as he came DOWN for us.
The whole reason for Christmas was that Christ came into the world to make himself available as a free gift to take away the sins of the world. Since he has come, we must accept his gentle and easy yoke. Keep in mind the acronym ASK…Ask…Seek…Knock
7 “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
Apply this to our relationship in seeking all of God’s love and compassion he has for us.
What’s really sad is only one leper came back to express their appreciation. Jesus says his faith made him well. Not only was he physically healed, but the leper was also spiritually healed. Jesus healed his innermost part beyond the physical. What man needs most: an internal cleanse.
He was never to go back into the state of being labeled “unclean” as those labeled him. Most importantly, he had an objective sign of approval that he was spiritually clean.
Someone outside of the covenant (Jesus called him a “foreigner”) was declared “well.” I could see what made the Samaritan so happy! A double miracle of spiritual and physical healing from the divine healer himself.
When we fail to show our thankfulness, we become like a child that received the best present but failed to express appreciation to their parents.
Perhaps, the parents know their child is happy, but it makes them feel great as providers to hear appreciation verbalized. Yes God knows all things, but it never hurts to tell God “Thank you.”
Faith in Jesus ultimately made the Samaritan well. Will our faith lead us to to the healing it beckons from our Creator?
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