by Stan Coffey

True Thanksgiving
Stan Coffey
Luke 17:11-19

When he saw them he said ''God show yourselves to the priest.'' 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.


This miracle took place as Christ was ''on his way to Jerusalem.'' He was on his last pilgrimage to Jerusalem where he would die outside the city wall. The journey was not in a straight line from northern Galilee to Jerusalem but rather it was a journey which took many turns from location to location. These turns were according to Divine purpose.

When we follow the will of God we, too, may find our path taking many different turns. But be assured that God has a purpose in each turn. They are not aimless nor meaningless but provide opportunities for us to minister in the name of Christ. Nothing happens by chance or happenstance but according to Divine Purpose.

In the course of his journey, Christ is confronted by ten lepers who cry out to him for healing. Their passionate plea results in their complete cleansing from this awful disease. If one could heal one leper he would be crowned with lifetime fame, but Jesus healed ten lepers.

What an illustration this is of salvation. In that day Leprosy had no known cure. It was generally accepted that only God could heal a leper. Leprosy separated those who had the disease from their friends and family. It has been widely accepted that Leprosy is an illustration of the corruption of sin on the human soul. Like Leprosy, sin separates man not only from his friends and family, but from God Himself. Like Leprosy, the only prognosis was certain death, with the only exception being a miracle of God.

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