11 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."
I don't know who it was that pointed out in sermon a very curious 4 words in this passage...
“And as they went...”
iow, they weren't healed on the spot.
It was only when they took the first steps to go show themselves to the priests...
the only way healed lepers could get back into society...
only then did the healing of their leprosy occur.
And whoever it was who preached about this event pointed out that many times the miraculous doesn't happen in our lives until we take steps toward it.
iow, sometimes we have to step out in faith for the miraculous favor of God to make things happen.
Who among us is waiting for a miracle?
Maybe if we take the first steps toward it, the miracle will happen?