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.”
by: Jasmine Lynch.
This is a story of faith, obedience, courage, and ingratitude. The lepers had the courage to leave the leaper colony to find Jesus. They obeyed Jesus to go show themselves to the Priest, the only one who could declare them clean. They were not healed when they left, but their faith was all the courage they needed to obey Jesus. “As they were going, they were cleansed” (v.14). Only one leper returned to express gratitude to Jesus. Because he did, he received both physical and spiritual healing. Are we missing spiritual blessings because of our ingratitude to God for what He has done for us?