Monday, February 14, 2011

see Jesus as Healer

      Luke 17:12 As he entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance, 13 crying out, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!" 14 He looked at them and said, "Go show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, their leprosy disappeared. 15 One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, "Praise God, I'm healed!" 16 He fell face down on the ground at Jesus' feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan. 17Jesus asked, "Didn't I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? 18 Does only this foreigner return to give glory to God?" 19 And Jesus said to the man, "Stand up and go. Your faith has made you well." 
     Jesus tells the ten to "go and show yourselves to the priests."  This is what the Law requires a leper to do before returning to the congregation.  Nine were obedient to Jesus' command.  One was not immediately obedient.  All ten were healed.

     The difference between the one and the nine is perception. The nine perceived that the law was in operation and were anxious to return to the congregation.  The one who returned--an outsider anyway--perceived The Healer---Jesus.  "Your faith has made you well."  The nine went immediately to be reconciled to the congregation by the letter of the Law.

   One of the ten recognized that The Healer had shown up to change things.  He was thankful--but more important than that was his perception of The Healer showing the Grace of God--outside the Law.  This is a picture of Jesus being recognized by outsiders before his own people could see Him as Messiah.

    John 14:6  says Jesus is THE WAY.---be blessed---c 


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