The One to Return

Here at Springfield Baptist we have a church-wide reading plan. Today our reading plan was in Luke 17. I found this passage to really speak to our human condition. How do we respond to what God does. See if this resonates with you.

Luke 17:11-19

11 On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance 13 and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” 14 When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. 15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; 16 and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. 17 Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”

A couple things that I noticed in this.

1. All recognized Jesus. The first thing that I saw was that all of the lepers recognized Jesus. They knew that there was something special about Him. They all knew that He had the power to heal them. This is powerful. In our culture today no other name sparks more controversy than the name of Jesus, even more than Donald Trump… Jesus sparks emotion in people. The name of Jesus is powerful in that way. These ten knew that healing was associated with Jesus.

2. One Gave Thanks. Only one of the ten turned back after being healed to give glory to God. Only one. Why is this significant? Honestly we don’t know much about the others. We do know that the one was a Samaritan. If you know anything about the scriptures then you will remember the story in John 4. Jesus speaks with a Samaritan woman. In their conversation she is taken back by the fact that Jesus, a Jew, would even speak with her. At the end of their conversation she is transformed. This leper is transformed. He gives glory to God. He does not take the miracle for granted. He came back to Jesus and was thankful for the work of God in his life.

3. 1 or 9? The question that I asked of myself is, “are you the 1 or the 9?” Where do I commonly find myself? Am I giving praise to God for the things that He so clearly has a hand on my life? Or am I going on and even attributing this to my own doing? Being a Jesus follower means that Jesus has worked a miracle in my life. He saved me from my sin. He purchased me with a price. My response is faith, repentance, worship, and thankfulness to Him. The one showed this. Am I showing this?

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