Then he said to him, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well."(Luke 17:19)
One thing that God honours and rewards is 'faith'. Even during Jesus' earthly ministry, he openly commended them who showed him their faith, whether they were Jews or Gentiles. What we read above is him commending the faith of a leper who was cleansed or healed. Actually there were 10 lepers who cried out to Jesus, "Master, have pity on us". The gospel writer Luke gives us the facts as it happened.......
Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus travelled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, "Jesus, Master, have pity on us!" When he saw them, he said, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him - and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" Then he said to him, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well." (Luke 17:11-19)
If 'what God honours and rewards is faith', 'what God loves is a heart filled with gratitude'. There were 10 healed but only 1 came back to thank Jesus; and he was not a Jew, but a Samaritan. (Where are the other nine?)....The question that Jesus asked then, is relevant even today, because many receive his blessings but fail to praise God or thank him for the same.
The question that we must ask ourselves today is.........are we like the nine who were ungrateful or are we like the one healed leper who praised God with a loud voice, fell at Jesus feet and thanked him?
"How can I repay the Lord for all his goodness to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. (Psalm 116:12, 13)
Dr. Johnson Cherian MD. PhD.
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