A LEPER’S THANKS

Luke 17, beginning in verse 11, the Bible says, “And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: 13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. 14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. 15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. 17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? 18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. 19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

Though Congress has decreed Thanksgiving Day to be held on the Fourth Thursday of every November, it is my belief that Thanksgiving should be a daily way for life for the believer.   

In our Scripture, we find Jesus on the border line between Galilee and Samaria. There was a band of ten lepers that met him there. Normally the Jews had no dealing with the Samaritans at all.  Samaritans were a “mixed race” contaminated by foreign blood and false worship.

Not only were these men Samaritans, but even worse, they were Lepers.  Lepers had to live separated from their homes, their families and society.  They wore clothing over their faces and whenever someone approached them, they had to yell out “UNCLEAN, UNCLEAN.”  They were outcast of society.

When they heard Jesus was coming their way, they went to Him for healing.  And after Jesus healed them, only one came back and gave Him thanks. Nothing by societies standards said Jesus had to come and help them, or have compassion on them.  Though He didn’t have to care – but He did care. 

And though they were unclean, unkept and no doubt a wretched mess, Jesus was moved with compassion.  But what prompted Him?

  • The Religious “Right” certainly didn’t prompt Him;
  • Society Definitely didn’t prompt Him.

So what is it that moved the LORD?  It was love.  “For God so loved the world . . .,” “But God commended His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

I am thankful for the day that when I came to Jesus, and all I had to offer him was the filthy rotten, tattered clothing of my sin-ridden life, He loved me enough to remove those filthy rags and He put on me His Robe of righteousness.  So to my Lord and Savior, I give Him a Leper’s Thanks.

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