"On the way to Jerusalem He was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as He entered a village, He was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance 13 and lifted up their voices, saying, 'Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.' 14 When He saw them He said to them, 'Go and show yourselves to the priests.' And as they went they were cleansed." Luke 17: 11-14 (ESV)
Over the last several years, I’ve found myself to be impressed by this scripture. More specifically, the nonchalant authority of Jesus. “Go and show yourselves to the priests,” He says in verse 14. It's what He didn’t say that brings me to awestruck wonder.
He didn’t say, "Go home, turn on some nice music, work yourself up, and then after you’ve done that a few times I’ll heal you." No! He says, "Go, and show yourselves,” as if the only thing that you need in your moment of desperation is Him. When everything comes to a screeching halt, when things don’t work like you’ve thought that they would, and when life around you seems to be closing in... there He is, waiting for you. “Go, and show yourselves to the priests.”
It is because of their faith that Jesus seems to be moved. In verse 13, we find ourselves looking at a group of men who, although they are sick, cut off from their community, family, and all that they have, stand in the presence of Jesus and say, “Master, have mercy on us!” The Bible never says exactly where all these men came from (though we know that one of them is Samarian) or how they’ve heard of Jesus, but somewhere, somehow, and some way these men have heard of Him and not only that, they have come to Him expecting. “Master, have mercy on us”
In Mark 5:34 (NIV), Jesus says to a woman with a blood disorder, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering." The New King James Version says, “Be healed of your affliction.” These men have come seeking Jesus and their faith has made them well. In the latter part of verse 14, it reads, "And it came to pass that as they went, they were cleansed."
In the midst of their going, they were made well. Their faith met with the power of God, and they were changed. It is in the presence of God that all are made well. Can you imagine what that must have been like? One moment you're standing there with your life in shambles and then the next you feel your body being made right; things in your life are put back into place where they belong; and the circumstances that once caused you to be an outcast have now brought you into the social center of your city. Can you imagine it--everything that once left you feeling ashamed, broken, and alone now being cast away?
My Hope for this devotional is that you are encouraged to chase after the Lord like never before, that you find Him in whatever season that you're currently in, and your life is forever changed for the better. I pray that you find strength, hope, and healing in Him. Finally, I pray that the thoughts that have been shared encourage you in your personal studies.