1 in 10

Luke 17:11-19 KJV
And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.
[12] And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:
[13] And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
[14] And when he saw them , he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
[15] And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
[16] And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
[17] And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?
[18] There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. [19] And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

Notice, as they went, showing action of faith, not just believing, but believing enough to act on what Jesus said. Did they believe on Jesus or was it what Jesus said they believed?

All 10 were cleansed – but only one out of the ten, when he saw he was cleansed / healed – he turned back to Jesus. He fell on his face at the feet of Jesus and gave Jesus thanks. Some might say he rebelled against what Jesus told him to do, show himself to the priests. Or he disobeyed the word.

But what did Jesus say to this one who came back? This one Samaritan that came back. Jesus acknowledges he cleansed 10. 
[Today, Jesus has cleansed mankind from sin by the cross.]
Jesus acknowledges this one who came back is not even a Jew but a Samaritan. After Jesus makes those statements, Jesus tells the Samaritan he is made whole.

What does whole mean? Complete. The other 9 were cleansed but the one was not only cleansed, but cleansed and made whole.

The 9 were defined by their circumstances – they were lepers. But only 1 in 10 was not defined by his circumstances Jesus identified him as yes one he cleansed, but as a Samaritan.

Everything about the 10 was the same in the beginning – they were all identified by their circumstances – lepers. Often, people try to identify us or label us – rich or poor, educated or uneducated, smart or dumb, successful or failure.

Sometimes people try to identify you by your family, by the deeds of your parents. Some try to identify you with your past, your weaknesses, your failures. That is why when people come from a “tuff” background or come from extreme poverty and they “make it big” people admire them. Why? Because they were identified with their circumstances not who they are.

Out of 10 lepers yes, all 10 were cleansed but only one overcame the label by coming back to Jesus. Friends, you can be cleansed by Jesus just like the 10 lepers. After all Jesus did die on the cross paying our sin debt. God so loved the world, lepers. Lepers bound in sin and identified and labeled by your circumstances.

What was different about the one? He came back to Jesus. It wasn’t the thank you so much but the one had a heart change and in his heart he wanted to go to Jesus. He came back to Jesus, fell on his face at Jesus feet giving thanks. On his face at Jesus’ feet shows the heart change. Jesus acknowledged him as one cleansed but also as a Samaritan not a leper.

Jesus did not identify him as a leper but who he was, a Samaritan who was cleansed and Jesus made him whole. He was the only one if the ten that not only was he cleansed, but he was made whole.

Stop identifying yourself by your family, by your past, by your circumstances and if you are really saved, start identifying yourself by who you are in Christ. You can only identify who you are in Christ if you are in Christ. Until next time.



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