April 4, 2022
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Encounter: Ten with Leprosy
Scripture: Luke 17:11-19 MSG
It happened that as he made his way toward Jerusalem, he crossed over the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten men, all lepers, met him. They kept their distance but raised their voices, calling out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” Taking a good look at them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” They went, and while still on their way, became clean. One of them, when he realized that he was healed, turned around and came back, shouting his gratitude, glorifying God. He kneeled at Jesus’ feet, so grateful. He couldn’t thank him enough—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus said, “Were not ten healed? Where are the nine? Can none be found to come back and give glory to God except this outsider?” Then he said to him, “Get up. On your way. Your faith has healed and saved you.”
All ten of these men were not only very sick, they were ostracized and destined to live the rest of their days with others afflicted in the same way. You healed them all, sent them to show their new-found cleanliness to the priests so they could reunite with loved ones. All received the same lavish gift, yet only one returned to worship you in gratitude. Forgive me for being like the nine, Lord. I confess I take for granted the good you do in my life and continue on my way without a glance your direction. I turn back now and kneel at the feet of Jesus, I am so grateful. Praise and glory to God,
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