“And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God.”
Jesus said, “Were not ten healed? Where are the nine? Can none be found to come back and give glory to God except this outsider?” Ten people that day received the benefits of God’s grace, ten people were touched by the love of God, they were made, both legally and ceremonially clean, but nine of them kept on going and never even looked back, these people seemed to puzzle Jesus. “Where are the nine?” He asked.
It seems, as if they totally forgot, who was responsible for the healing they had just experienced in their bodies. They never thought of giving thanks to God for what had just happened, Why didn’t they return to give thanks, or even just a “thank you Jesus’’ thought as they kept going,
Ingratitude is a very common thing these days, it runs rampant. We know from life experience, the feeling we get, when we really help someone and they don’t even say thank you, that’s really a grace moment isn’t it? Aren’t you glad for the grace God extends to us, even when we don’t de- serve it, even when He knows how we’re going to act after we receive it, He still continually offers it, because He loves us.
And that act of gratitude completed his healing. As he worshiped with gratitude he was made whole. The rest were made whole by the power of Christ, in compassion to their distress and in answer to their prayer; but he was made whole by his faith and act of gratitude by which Christ saw him distinguished from the rest. That day, even though he was considered to be an outsider, he became part of the family of God. His faith and his effort to be thankful resulted in him re- ceiving a lifetime of blessing,
God adopted him that day, he became entitled to every benefit that was provided by Jesus at the cross. He entered the realm of “kingdom possibilities” that day, somewhere the other nine would never go, he entered into the celebration of God lavish gift giving by the hand of His beloved Son, Jesus.
Gratitude should be a continuous attitude, not an occasional incident.
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