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The Lord, Your Gratitude

Posted by Pastor Dave Johnson on November 20, 2021

Luke, the gospel writer, shares with us the real-to-life story of the Ten Lepers Cleansed (17:11-19). Here is an account in the earthly ministry of our Lord in which he heals the Ten; then sadly, but true there was only one that “turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks” (v. 15). Then, came the Lord’s response: “Jesus answering said, were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger” (v.18). When Jesus took care of the need of the Ten that day, there was cleansing as they obeyed HIS command: “shew yourselves unto the priest” (v. 14). And to all likelihood joy was possessed and expressed by each and every one cleansed. WHY? Well, the change came as a miracle from the Lord; there was no longer a death sentence surging through their mortal bodies, and their hearts most likely resounded with “I’m alive; I get to live again!” A miraculous change? Absolutely, but most certainly in the ONE OUT OF THE TEN who returned to give thanks. There was a change, not only in his body, but in his soul, and Jesus speaks of it: “And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole” (v. 19). Now, how about the picture presented here of man’s leprous sin condition?

Once again, Luke shares with us the real-to-life story of lepers cleansed, assimilating our cleansing from sin. “It is noteworthy that neither here or elsewhere is there any treatment or remedy” of leprosy (ISBE). Here in context with the lepers, Jesus comes to them with the miracle of cleansing. Then, in parallel to our leprous sinful condition, Jesus is the answer to the death sentence imposed on our sinful souls: “The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). You see, “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). The Apostle John assures us that “If we confess or sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (I John 1:9). Now, here’s the question concerning your contact with Jesus concerning your leprous sinful condition: “Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?” (E. A. Hoffman, 1878). Oh, repent of sin and “call upon the name of the Lord to be saved” (Romans 10:13). Then, once cleansed, are you willing to be the ONE coming back to your Savior with gratitude, possessing and expressing your heart’s song: “Thank you Lord for saving my soul” (Seth Sykes, 1940). Now, with your cleansing and thanksgiving, walk on my child, walk on WITH the Lord and he will bring joy, blessing and “life more abundantly” (John 10:10). YES, Jesus was in the business of cleansing lepers back then, and NOW HE has power to cleanse your leprous sin. Oh, exercise faith in him, because Jesus can make “thee whole” (v. 19). Oh, be the one cleansed, and with your THANKFUL heart, keep coming back to him “to give glory to God” (Luke 17:18).