Reflection on Luke 17:11-19



Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

Jesus is travelling to Jerusalem. At one village ten men with leprosy call out to Him.

Jesus sends the ten of them to show themselves to the priests to confirm their healing. Along the way, they discover they are healed. One of them, a Samaritan, goes back to thank Jesus.

Jesus asks where the others are. Only one of the ten, a foreigner, has returned to praise God. He then tells the man to rise for his faith has made him well.

There is no consistent pattern to Jesus’ healing ministry. That is really frustrating for those of us who like to work out principles and procedures. It is as if Jesus deliberately sets out to prevent us from producing four step programs for healing.

In this case, he sends the lepers off to show a priest to receive confirmation of their healing. They are healed along the way. Nine go on their way, presumably to see the priest. One of them praises God and only then is he told his faith has healed him.

God still heals those who earnestly seek Him. His methods may not always be expected, and no sure fire recipe can be written up. When faith, worship and thankfulness come together, heaven comes down and miracles emerge.

Lord Jesus, please send your healing grace to me today. Tank you. Amen.


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