By Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski
A question is asked in Luke 17:17: “ And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?” Jesus was speaking of the 10 lepers who were healed of a tormenting disease called leprosy. In ancient times, there was no cure for this sickness and it was thought to be contagious. Because of this misconception, lepers became outcasts and had to be removed from their community. Jesus not only performed an amazing miracle, but gave these 10 people a new life. Only one of them turned back to thank God and the other nine soon forgot what was done for them. The response of these nine individuals mattered to the Lord. How often does the question asked by Jesus describe our attitude and behavior towards God?
God is good unto all that seek him and will never turn anyone away. He is able to heal, deliver, forgive, and save all sinners. Many times folks will cry out to him to meet a desperate need and God will come through for them. They may go to Church and follow Jesus for a little while. Then they will walk off from him just like the nine lepers. If we are honest, God has done many wonderful things for us. Also, he has sent us a historic revival that has impacted our region. We should turn back to him with thanks just like the one leper. Because of the cross, we owe him our lives and should offer it to show appreciation. Let’s not give him a week, month, or year of gratitude. God wants us to surrender it all and turn back to him for a lifetime. Only one leper was completely made whole because of this decision.
In many ways, the lepers represent our sinful condition before Christ. Their grotesque condition progressively became worse. Without treatment, their body deformed and their nervous system experienced permanent damage. They were removed from society and lost the life that God intended for them. In the same way, sin has a similar effect on us. It will continue to damage us spiritually and ultimately lead to eternal death. In addition, it will rob us of the abundant life of Christ and remove us from his will. Just like the story of the lepers, Jesus can cleanse us and save us from our sins. He offers a new life of hope and will erase the dark secrets of the past. Join the many hundreds of people who were saved during the revival and give your heart to him. If you have already been forgiven, today is the day to turn back and thank the Lord.
(Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski, Your Brother & Sister In Christ. All comments are welcomed at [email protected])