This morning I read the story of the ten lepers. Today is Thanksgiving, and my mind was focused on what I could do to be more like the leper who returned and gave thanks for his healing to Jesus Christ. Here is the account found in Luke 17: 15-19.
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.
The last verse took on new meaning when I realized that Christ’s statement that this man’s faith made him whole was not necessarily referring to this man’s cleansing from leprosy. All ten lepers had been cleansed. This man was made whole because his faith guided him to return and give thanks to Jesus Christ. As a result, the leper was not only cleansed from leprosy, but he was made whole, signifying and external and internal change.
In the next chapter of Luke, we read of a blind man who asks Christ to restore his sight. Here is the account found in Luke 18: 40-43.
40 And Jesus stood, and commanded him [the blind man] to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him,
41 Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight.
42 And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee.
43 And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.
In verse 42, Christ doesn’t say, “thy faith hath given thee sight.” He says, “thy faith hath saved thee.”
From these two scriptural accounts, I learned faith does more than heal our infirmities. Faith makes us whole in ways that we may not even recognize here in this life. Faith is a power far greater than I think I realize. The outward cleansing that comes through faith pales in comparison to the inward cleansing that makes us whole and saves us. On this day of Thanksgiving, I am grateful that through faith, Christ can make us whole.
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