“Jesus asked, ‘Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?’”

Luke 17:17-18 NLT


 

I love Easter Sunday and I hate it. I love it because it is the time that disciples of Christ come to together and celebrate what Jesus did for us by dying on the cross and rising from the dead. I love to see so many people come to church for many different reasons on this high and Holy day.

I hate Easter because it has become a commercialized token of appreciation. We pack the house one Sunday then vacate the house next week.

What would be more sincere in our appreciation to Jesus than to come back to worship the following Sunday to say, “Thank you?!”

Jesus was walking on the border between Samaria and Galilee when he was approached by ten men with leprosy. Normally religious people would avoid these lepers, but Jesus walked right through their contaminated community. I’m glad Jesus walks into our mess to heal it!

They begged Jesus to heal them. He tells them they are healed and to go show themselves to the priest. They are not healed until they obey him in going back to where they were rejected. It takes a lot of faith to go back where you were rejected and your condition hasn’t changed.

On their way back they were healed! One of them, who was a Samaritan, when he saw that he had been healed, ran back and fell at Jesus’ feet to worship him. Everybody else kept running away from Jesus, and back to tradition. When Jesus heals us we should head in a new direction instead of going back to old ways of living.

Jesus sees the Samaritan and asks, “Did I not cleanse ten people? Where are the other nine?”

Why was Jesus surprised to only see one come back when he told all ten to go back and show themselves to the priest? Because Jesus never mandates that you come back to the source of your healing. He just hopes that gratitude would override your need to go back to life as usual.

Where will you be this Sunday? Back at home asleep? Back in front of the computer or TV? Or will you be back at the feet of Jesus to say thank him?

I’m coming back to the heart of worship to tell him thank you. I will be back every Sunday because Jesus does something every week that deserves my praise! What about you?


 

 Dear God,

 Thank you for being consistently good! I don’t know what I would do without you in my life. You have healed my soul’s diseases. You have kept me through dangers seen and unseen. Father, today touch somebody’s heart that was thinking about not coming back. Turn their hearts back to you so they can be in your house again this Sunday to worship you even more than they did on Easter. Because every day is a Resurrection when we can get up to say, “Thank You!”

In Jesus’ Name,

 Amen