“So Jesus answered and said, ‘Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?'”– Luke 17:17
We are told of the story about a woman who fell at Jesus’ feet while He sat at a table. She was from the city and identified as a sinner. As she washed the Lord’s feet with her hair and kissed them with her lips, Jesus enjoyed her worship of Him. A life that was considered to have no value was forgiven of all sins by Christ. She was forgiven much; therefore, she loved much (Luke 7:47). It is this same heart of gratitude that is displayed for us through the Samaritan Leper.
Already hated by many for his nationality, his status in society declined further when diagnosed as a leper. His life was permanently stained and easily identifiable. Being avoided by others and crying out “Unclean, unclean” would be a daily reminder of a disease that seemed to have no cure. Looking for any glimmer of hope, the ten lepers, including this Samaritan man, saw Jesus from a distance and cried out to Him, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” As a testimony to the priests, Jesus commands them to go and show themselves for the rights of purification. But, noticing he had been cleansed while on the way, this most sinful man turned back.
The most sinful of men in the group demonstrated the most spiritual insight of them all. Having realized his liberty from a deadly disease, he returned immediately to Jesus and worshiped Him. Faith in Christ is demonstrated by the heart of gratitude shown. While others were off busy with activity, the Samaritan ensured he showed Jesus a spirit of gratitude and thankfulness. As Christians, may we remember to always show appreciation to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for the incredible work of salvation!
“Jesus meets our turning back and our giving thanks with fresh blessings.”– William MacDonald