Ten lepers meet Jesus on His way to Jerusalem and call out to Him, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!’ Jesus who usually healed people on the spot tells them, ‘Go show yourselves unto the priests’. This is unusual because Jesus never referred someone for healing. Something must be up! From the Gospel accounts, Jesus would execute healing randomly on His journeys, in the middle of His teachings, or when He visited someone’s house. Whenever someone asked for healing or addressed Him, Jesus would halt what He was doing and not only heal them, but engage with them.
The ten lepers, not smelling a rat like an ordinary girl reading their account years and years later, make their way to the priests as instructed. But… ‘And it came to pass, that as they went, they were cleansed’. Jesus definitely was up to something! They did not have to show themselves to the priests afterall for healing because they already met the ‘High Priest’, the ‘Great Physician’. So why ask them to go to the priests in the first place then? Here lies the answer:
One of them when he saw he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
Then He said unto him, Arise and go; your faith has made you whole.
Ten lepers receive healing. One returns to give glory to God. One is made whole.
All along, Jesus saw beyond their physical ailment. Not only was He touched by their infirmity, but longed to make their soul whole- by them truly knowing who He is. All ten lepers approach Jesus and call Him ‘Master’, the one who returns glorifies Him as ‘God’. And based solely on this knowledge, he is made whole. So why didn’t Jesus just tell them straight up? It had to do with the turning and not the meeting. All the lepers met Jesus, but only one ‘turned back’ to Him.
It is the turning that matters and not the meeting. Jesus has met us all by giving us life, another breath, another chance in this world but the biggest question remains, have you made that turn from the world and ‘turned back’ to Jesus to glorify Him for who He is? The Bible also felt it important to mention that the one who returned was a Samaritan, a stranger, a foreigner, signalling God makes whole anyone who turns to Him regardless of their background.
A few days ago, I was watching the movie, ‘I Still Believe’. A lady suffering from cancer confined in a hospital bed says to her husband, “It’s gone, it’s gone! I’m healed! It doesn’t hurt anymore! I can’t feel it. I’m telling you I’m healed… Just believe me, I’m okay.” Her husband runs to fetch the doctor, and when he returns, she is dead. In her death bed, although she was not cancer-free, she was whole because of who she knew. I now saw that: with Jesus, you might be physically ailing, but whole. Without Jesus, you might be healed and healthy, but not whole.
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