“Jesus asked, ‘Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?’”Luke 17:17-18
Here is an emotional one-on-one encounter between Jesus and a Samaritan with leprosy, someone doubly rejected in his day. The ten men with leprosy got the healing they wanted, and off they went … except for this guy. “One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan” (v. 15-16).
Notice the desperate need of these outcasts for Jesus’ help. Look at Jesus’ compassion and healing as He touched them. Sadly, see the stinging spirit of ingratitude by all but the one who returned dramatically praising God, falling in thanksgiving at Jesus’ feet. Take in how stunning it was that the Samaritan, the one Jews wanted nothing to do with, was the one who returned.
Are you setting aside time today to observe Thanksgiving in the U.S.? Or perhaps you celebrated it last month in Canada? Let not your thankfulness be relegated to one day a year. Run enthusiastically to Jesus each day with your gratitude for His goodness and His mercy.
“Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits” (Psalm 103:2). Our common need for a Savior brings us all together in thanksgiving.
Bible In A Year
- Ezekiel 29-30
- Psalm 145
- 2 Thessalonians 1-3