October 12

Luke 17:11-14

“When he saw them, he said to them, ‘Go and show yourselves to the priests.’ And as they went, they were made clean.” vs. 14

The book of Leviticus is meticulous in laying out the ground rules for dealing with any kind of skin disease. Those who contracted the most serious of those diseases, the one known as leprosy, were ostracized from the community and forced to keep their distance. The only way to be restored was through examination by the priests. While on his way to Jerusalem Jesus encountered a group of lepers who asked him to have mercy on them. Aware of the law regarding leprosy he advises them to go to the priests–and they do! Luke tells us that as they went, they were made clean. It’s a reminder that healing in Jesus’ ministry happened in a variety of ways, most often by touch, sometimes at a distance, occasionally by command, and this time, as the lepers did what was required by the law. In fact, most of these lepers didn’t even seem to associate their healing with Jesus. We have those same experiences with healing, sometimes it’s instantaneous, occasionally miraculous, but most often as we follow a doctor’s prescribed regimen. And like the lepers we frequently don’t connect our healing with Jesus. It’s simply something that happens on the journey, and thankfully, it happens often enough that we consider it to be commonplace. However it comes though, it’s always the work of God, and worth a word of thanks!

Thought for the Day: My most amazing experience with healing.

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