Thursday, October 16, 2014

& as they went

Luke 17

 As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria.

12 As he entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance,13 crying out,

        "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!"

  14 He looked at them and said, "Go show yourselves to the priests."

And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.

  15 One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, "Praise God!

16 He fell to the ground at Jesus' feet, thanking him for what he had done.

        This man was a Samaritan.

  17 Jesus asked,

        "Didn't I heal ten men? Where are the other nine?

        18 Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?"

19 And Jesus said to the man, "Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you."

"And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy"

Iow, they'd begged Jesus to heal them.

He didn't touch them or nothing.

He just said go show yourselves to the priests.

When Jesus just said that, He was telling them to go to the persons designated to judge them clean.

But when they turned to go, they were still lepers.

It wasn't until they made the move to go to the priests to show themselves that the healing occurred.

We don't know if it was as they moved away, or when they were 10' or 15' away from Him, or a mile or 2.

Maybe the important fact here is that it didn't happen until they obeyed Jesus & started walking toward the one person in their culture who would legitimize their healing.

Now, you tell me if it is a bit of a stretch to say this, after reading this passage...

     Many of us won't experience the thing(s) we seek,

     or the miracles we need,

     or the favor we desire,

     or the response we hope for,

     until we move on in our lives in faith,

     expecting it to happen somewhere along the line,

        in God's good time.

And one other thing - when the things, miracles, favor, or response materializes, let's not forget to be thankful.

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