Luke 17:11-19 Ten Lepers Healed

Only one returned.

Only one returned.

Jesus Cleanses Ten Lepers

11 On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, [1] who stood at a distance 13 and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” 14 When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. 15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice;16 and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. 17 Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?”19 And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” [2]

  • Which is more surprising: the fact that one person came back and gave God the glory?  Or the fact that nine didn’t?
  • Of course the one who does come back is a Samaritan, a foreigner.  Once again, a Samaritan puts to shame his Jewish counterparts.
  • Why didn’t the other nine return?  They could have many excuses, but the fact is they just were not grateful.  After a lesson in humility comes a lesson in gratitude.
  • “It is not only the nine ex-lepers who are shown up.  It is all of us who fail to thank God ‘always and for everything’ as Paul puts it (Ephesians 5:20).” N.T. Wright
  • Make a list of all the things you are grateful for and thank God for them one by one.
  • The word Jesus uses when he says “get up” in verse 19 refers to resurrection.  This man was dead and is alive again.  Just like the prodigal son.
  • Faith and healing go hand in hand.  Not just any faith but faith in Jesus as the Son of God.  With faith also comes gratitude.
  • Am I returning to give God the glory for the ways he has healed my life?  Am I grateful?  Do I have faith in the work of God through Jesus?  How easy it is to walk through life completely blessed by God while forgetting to give Him the glory.  How has God healed/blessed you recently?  Have you stopped to praise him and thank him?  Do it now.
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