Where there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?
Luke 17:11-19 tells the story of a marvelous miracle of Jesus healing ten men from the dreadful disease of leprosy. Luke tells that there were ten healed physically, but only one was healed spiritually. Jesus used this event to open the eyes of the spiritual blinded especially the priests.
Leprosy was associated among the people as a curse on mankind. Lepers were the most miserable people. Their physical pain was awful enough but they also endured complete isolation from family and friends.
By law they were considered outcasts and remained so until their death because there was no cure. And that is where we find these ten men, standing afar off, as Jesus passed through their village. As soon as they saw Him, they lifted their weak and raspy voices and cried out for mercy and help.
Luke doesn’t tell us that Jesus heard them but rather He saw them. With great compassion and mercy Jesus sent them to the priests in order to fulfill the Levitical law of healing. And as they walked toward the temple they were all healed of the deadly disease.
Verse 15 is the climax of the story. One of them, when he saw he was healed, returned and worshiped Jesus. With thanksgiving in his heart and praise in his voice, the Samaritan received the spiritual blessing of salvation because of his faith. The other men didn’t consider Jesus as God. They were healed but not saved.
We should always be thankful for our physical blessings but we certainly show our gratitude to Jesus for saving our souls. We do so through faithfully worshipping and serving Christ and showing compassion and forgiveness to all people. If the only blessing we received was salvation, it is enough. All other blessings are extra benefits.
Is there something God has done for you and you didn’t praise Him for it? Take a moment and praise Him.
Lord, I thank You for giving me spiritual insight. I confess You as my Savior and I worship You only. I give You glory and honor for who You are.