Through Jesus, the blind receive their sight, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news delivered to them. No response is required. No debt is owed. We can choose to go on our way like the other 9. We can also choose to be like the 10th who returned. We, too, can respond to God’s faithfulness with praise and thanks living. By coming to church, and by offering our pledge, we demonstrate the actions of the Samaritan in this story who found in Jesus the new “temple.”
Back in Luke 4 Jesus was driven out of his home town when he recalled that God healed a Syrian of leprosy. How dare Jesus to think that God would heal a foreigner! Then in Luke 7, when Jesus is asked if he was the messiah, he answered, “Are the lepers healed?” In Luke 17, yesterday’s text, the answer is revealed. Yes! The lepers are cleansed! Jesus is the messiah.
Ten were healed in this story. 9 went on their way. One returned. Who are we in this story? It was so nice on Sunday to look over the congregation and see the thank-filled lives of people who keep on returning to Jesus, day after day, Sunday after Sunday. As Jesus said at the end of this story, “Your faith has made you well.” Blessings, Pastor Gary