Ten Lepers – Discovering the Difference

23 Dec

What made the one leper different?

If you’re familiar with the record of Jesus healing the ten lepers, you’re already thinking, “One leper returned to thank Christ for healing him.”

This is true, but there is another distinction.

As Jesus traveled between Samaria and Galilee, ten men with leprosy called to him from a distance, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”

To all of them, Jesus said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” (According to the Mosaic law, the lepers had to remain outside the city a certain number of days and if they appeared clean, go show themselves to the priests for further instruction as to when/how they may reenter the city.)

And as they went, they were cleansed.  

When the one returns, falling at Jesus’s feet with praise and thanks, Jesus says, “Were not all ten cleansed? …..Rise and go; your faith has made you whole”  (see Luke 17:11 – 19, KJV). 

Do you see the other distinction?

Yes, the one leper was different. He alone went to praise and thank God. His heart stood apart from the rest.

The other distinction is what Jesus told him. Whole. Your faith has made you whole.

So what’s the difference between clean and whole?

Could it be a glimpse of this truth–Christ was born to all, Christ died for all, yet only some surrender to praise Him as Lord and become a servant?

Lord, please make me your true servant. Let me not raise my hand to receive what you give me without falling at your feet to praise and serve. This Christmas, may I not celebrate the fact that you came without using my life here to follow.

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5 Responses to “Ten Lepers – Discovering the Difference”

  1. Vonda Skelton December 23, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

    Powerful reminder, Jeanette. So many times I hold my hand up to receive without giving Him the praise He deserves. Thank you.
    Christmas blessings!

    • Jeanette Edgar December 23, 2011 at 5:29 pm #

      Me, too. Could it be that’s why He showed me this new perspective here? Merry Christmas to you.

  2. Robin December 23, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    Thanks for always giving me a different perspective because sometimes I just don’t get it :-)

    • Jeanette Edgar December 23, 2011 at 5:28 pm #

      It’s amazing how God can reveal something brand new to me in a passage so familiar. His Word is alive and new all the time. Merry Christmas!

  3. Susan Stilwell December 24, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    You hit the nail on the head: only some surrender. This is actually a life passage for a friend of mine :) What an appropriate reminder as we celebrate His birth!

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