Jesus pays special attention to people who are grateful to God. It is thanksgiving time and God is paying attention. One day Jesus entered a certain village and there were ten lepers there who called out to him and asked for healing. When he saw them he told them to go and show themselves to the priests. In those days the priests were allowed to examine anyone with a suspicious skin disease to determine if it was leprosy. Now, when Jesus told the lepers to go and show themselves to the priests he wanted the priest to prove that the ten men were now in good health.

The lepers went by the instructions that Jesus gave them and as they were going they got healed. They simply obeyed the Lord’s instructions and experienced healing. The ten lepers were healed on their way to the priests. Their obedience to what Jesus instructed them helped them to be in line with the will of God. Faith was at work in their lives as they obeyed the instructions.

The lepers were ten, but only one came back to thank Jesus for the healing. In Luke 17:15-16 the Bible says, “And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan” (KJV). People who know how much The Lord has done for them can be very grateful. They are just like the Samaritan who was grateful for being healed. He did not even make it to the priests, but just turned back to thank Jesus.

We do not know what happened to the rest. We can only speculate. Probably the other nine lepers may have been sidetracked by following a tradition of showing themselves to the priest. It might have taken too long to go back and find Jesus and thank him. Whatever happened; they never showed up. In the same chapter of Luke 17:17 Jesus responded to this situation and said,”…Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine” (KJV). Do not be like the nine who did not show up. It is thanksgiving time, give thanks because of what God has done for you.

If the blood of Jesus cleansed you from sin then thank him. Thank his for his grace and everything else he has done or given to you. In Psalm 118: 29 the Bible says, “O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good…” (KJV). Give thanks because Jesus took your place. He died and arose from the dead for you and me.


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