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Healing: God is a Miracle Worker!!

One of my favorite stories in the Bible comes from Luke 17:11-19. It is the story of Jesus on the road traveling with his disciples. 10 lepers came to him asking to be healed. Jesus without hesitation heals them and they go on their way. But one of them returns to Jesus with a heart of gratitude. He gives Jesus thanks for healing him. Jesus then says: “Were there not 10 of you? Where are the other 9?” Jesus then turns to the man whom He had healed and then made him whole.

This is a powerful story in scripture. There is so much meat to the bone to preach on, but I want to focus on one aspect. I want to focus on the actions of the one leper that came back to say thank you. His story is unique. We do not know his backstory, but we get a glimpse into what being healed meant to him.

At this time, Jesus was well known. Many came to him to be healed. For a leper to come to Him, would have been a no brainer except for the fact that the leper would have to be very careful. There was a stigma that surrounded the outcast lepers of the day. During this time, those who had leprosy were usually confined to colonies away from society. So it made sense that Jesus was approached while traveling on a road between towns.

For any of us, we would be thrilled if God would heal our bodies. I have had times where I have experienced this personally and other times when healing did not come instantly. It took time. This leper experienced God’s healing power instantly. Imagine the sheer joy that this man experienced.