“And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger”.
Ancient Israel had no answer to the scourge of certain diseases like leprosy, which kept its victims away from decent society. There wasn’t hope of any relief except by divine intervention.
Jesus told the ten lepers that came to Him for healing : “Go show yourselves to the priests”. That was a hint that they had been healed. This was because it was only after a leper was cleansed of the disease in those days , that he was to present himself to a priest to be confirmed clean. Now on their way to the priest, in obedience to the word of the Lord Jesus, they were healed.
Overwhelmed by joy at this discovery, one of them turned back and came to Christ to give glory to God. The rest went away with their healing and forgot the Healer. It is good to note that the one who went back was a Samaritan whose nation the Jews regarded as sinful.
From what Jesus said, it can be inferred that the nine were all Jews. Perhaps they took Jesus for granted because He was their kinsman. And Jesus sounded surprised that His own people neglected to show appreciation and gratitude. We must always guard our hearts from taking Jesus for granted. That leads to ingratitude and irreverence of the One who is worthy to receive all our praise.
Believers are under obligation to return thanks to God for all His benefits and blessings. While one leper was grateful for his healing, the others showed no such appreciation. Their ingratitude pictures how many people often forget all that God bestows upon them both spiritually and physically, and only continue to ask for more.
How often do you say: ‘Thank you, Jesus’. And as it is in the spiritual, so it is in the physical; we must show appreciation for the good that people do to us. An ungrateful “believer” is a blight to the Christian faith. We need to constantly show appreciation to God for His manifold blessings in our lives!
At the end of each day, and for all of God’s provision and protection, do we remember to return to God and say “thank you”? And l can imagine that for the few who does, God continues to ask, ” but where are the rest. . .?” Let’s not be part of the ingrate group.
Always give thanks with a grateful heart. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.