Think about one of the greatest gifts you’ve ever received. I’m not talking about something you found under the tree one Christmas morning. Think bigger, more miraculous.
By Matt Bell
Maybe a time when you were out of work and a job materialized that couldn’t be traced to all the resumes you sent out. Or when you were sick and then got better faster than the doctors thought you would. Or when you were so worried about your son or daughter or someone else and through circumstances you still don’t understand everything worked out okay. What was your response? Weren’t you so incredibly thankful?
Where are the other nine?
My pastor recently reminded us of one of the most amazing acts of healing recorded in the Bible. It was followed by an equally amazing response by most who were healed. But what made their response so stunning was that it wasn’t at all what anyone would have expected.
On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”
– Luke 17:11-19
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