Monday, October 10, 2016

HEALING OF THE TEN LEPERS

Luke 17:11-19King James Version (KJV)

11 And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.
12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:
13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
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.

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Each time I read of the healings and good works that Jesus did in the name of his Father, God, I am still amazed. Yes, his sermons are something that I wish I could hear amidst the other people of the area. But, we have our Bibles, and with that we read, visual images come into our minds.

I have never seen a leper, and so I do not know what leprosy looks like, but it was apparently a horrible and disfiguring disease. People shunned the lepers for fear of catching the disease. Remember Princess Diana going to see the HIV patients and touching them, giving people a new view on this disease? The lepers were not so fortunate, but the ten who approached Jesus found his favor and going as he commanded, they were healed on their way.

So 1 out of 10 goes back to kiss the feet of Jesus and praises him and gives thanks for his healing. Whatever happened to the other nine?  This scripture is all about the Graces that God bestows on his children, and the thanksgiving to Him for those Graces!

This is how it seems to me, personally, today. About 1 in 10 people in America are practicing any kind of religion. And, I can say that it varies from place to place in America. For instance, I lived in West Los Angeles for several years and to this day, I can recall seeing only one church, and it was a Catholic Church. I was young and not Catholic, but it strikes me as I think of it now how little people worshipped in that part of the country.

I now live in the South where there is a church "on every corner" as the saying goes. But still, I find, there are many who do not know Jesus. They are not believers, and therefore do not believe that they can be healed if they only prayed, according to God's will.

Jesus will accept anyone who comes to him in the name of the Father. He will cleanse you of your sins, just as he cleansed the lepers 2,000 years ago. God gave Him the power, and I know that God was very pleased with his Son's sermons and healings in His name.

Come to the foot of the cross NOW! Repent your sins, acknowledge your evil ways, ask Jesus to come into your heart, pray in silence, stop and just wait to hear his voice. His voice comes from what seem to be far away, but it can be heard. He is soothing to your soul, he blesses you with reassurances that He is there for you, and He says when he forgives your sins, "Go and sin no more."

This beautiful Savior, this beautiful man and child of God, is waiting for you.  He will await you until the end of time. In the book of Matthew he says: 





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