JESUS BLESSED A THANKFUL SAMARITAN

Passage: Luke 17:11~19  

Keyverse: 16

1. 'Go, show yourselves to the priests' (11-14)

Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem, where he would lay down his life for the sin of the world. He traveled the lonely border of Samaria, where he was met by ten lepers. Jews avoided Samaritans, but leprosy made them a fellowship of despair. Together they cried out to Jesus for mercy. Jesus did not pass them by. He commanded them to obey God's law: 'go to the priest.' All ten obeyed Jesus and were cleansed! Jesus is compassionate to all.

2. 'Where are the other nine?' (15-19)

Although ten were cleansed, only one came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him. He was a Samaritan, suggesting the other nine were Jews. Perhaps they felt their obedience was enough; they deserved healing. It is easy to take God's blessing for granted, but this man recognized Jesus as God and was overwhelmed by God's grace. Jesus expected all to be thankful like him. He was sorry for their unthankful heart but blessed the foreigner: 'Your faith has made you well.' Jesus blesses those who thank and praise God, regardless of any human distinction or condition.


Prayer: Father, thank you for cleansing me from my sin in Jesus' blood. Help me give you praise today.

One Word: Thank you Jesus!