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 they way, thy faith hath made thee whole.”
Luke 17:11-19 KJV (Words of Christ in bold)
In our Sunday newspaper there’s a plethora of coupons. As a matter of fact, in big, bold, red letters on the front page of the paper it tells you how much money you can save by using the coupons in the paper. With gas prices peaking and the pinch being felt all over the country coupons are a handy treat. Cheaper meat, cheaper milk, cheaper cereal…that’s always good. It’s great to get a high quality, high priced grocery for a discounted price.
This morning during service, my dad took some coupons and talked about how we trust these coupons to give us a discount on the materials we need and buy at the store. We take these coupons in and we expect them to give us what they promise.
The Bible tells us that, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1.
What is faith in action?
What does it mean to put our belief in something we don’t see? Maybe we haven’t experienced it before, maybe we can’t see the end of our situation, maybe we don’t know how in the world it can turn out for our good at all.
In the passage above, we see ten lepers crying out to God. When a person is diagnosed a “leper” in this time period, it was a black mark on your whole life. Culture was no longer something you could engage in. You were cut off from all social circles except those others with the disease. You were even told that when someone without the disease came near you that you were to shout, “Unclean! Unclean!”
You had to broadcast to the whole culture around you your problem your shortcoming, your dirtiness.
You ever feel that your whole life was broadcast to those around you? Like you are on display and no matter what you do, you can’t hide from the skeletons in your closet?
This is where faith becomes so important. Because faith is grabbing a hold of something you can’t even see is there, but expecting something to be there.
These men with the disease had to have heard about what Jesus is doing throughout the land. At the end of themselves, they cried out and asked Jesus to make them whole.
I think it’s interesting to see what Jesus says next. Jesus tells them to go. He doesn’t heal them and then tell them to go. The scripture is clear that “as they went, they were cleansed.” They listened to Jesus and then what they requested came to be.
Is Jesus waiting on you to go so he can do what you are waiting on him to do? Think about it.
Will you go so he can do?
What do you need to do? Where do you need to go?
What do you need Jesus to do for you? Where are your needs? What are your skeletons?
Let Him do.