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Giving Thanks

07 Aug

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

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?” (Luke 17:11-18)

This is something of a sad story really. Ten were healed, but only one, and him a Samaritan to boot, came back  and gave thanks. But why is that exactly? After all, we had ten lepers healed, what made this one person decide to come back, and why didn’t the others return and give thank’s as well?

Well, so far as we can tell, the one who returned to give thank’s was the only foreigner of the bunch.–Nine Jews, and one Samaritan. Now, remember that when Jesus saw the lepers, He told them to go and show them-self to the priest (in order to be pronounced pure from their leprosy). Therefore, the reason for only one person, and him a foreigner, becomes fairly obvious: the Jews would’ve taken the command to obey the law as being more important than giving thank’s to God. See, their problem, was that even after Jesus had cured them, they still wanted to be pronounced pure by the law, instead of wanting to give glory to God.

We need to follow the example of the Samaritan here. It’s all too easy for us to, even after Jesus has cured us, still want to somehow try to obey the law for salvation. Trying to obey the law is perfectly fine of course. Doing good of any kind is, in of itself, perfectly fine. It’s just we first need to give glory to God by recognizing that it’s by Jesus’ blood and His mercy only that we are saved, and whatever it is that we do, is only an off shoot that springs from what He did for us.

The point being this: doing good is just fine, in fact, it’s the very evidence that we are Christians; even obeying the law is fine (so long as we don’t force that obedience onto others). But we must realize prior to all that, that we’ve been saved by grace, through faith in the son of God, not by good works, or obedience to the law.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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