Where are the nine?
With Thanksgiving approaching, we are reminded that giving thanks is a part of our country’s heritage. Jesus gave us principles for thanksgiving. His teaching is recorded in Luke 17:11-19 through His encounter with ten lepers.
I. Get up (vv. 11-13)
This has to do with fortitude. If we don’t, we may miss the Master.
II. Get out (v. 14)
This has to do with attitude. If we don’t, we may miss the miracle.
III. Get back (vv. 15-19)
This has to do with gratitude. If we don’t, we may miss the moment.
Are we really that far removed from this scene of Jesus and the ten lepers? The disease of sin is far more dangerous than that of leprosy. One destroys only the body, but sin destroys both body and soul. Desperation may bring you to Christ, but only gratitude can keep you there. May we find our place this Thanksgiving season at the feet of Christ. Jesus is passing by. Where are the nine?
For a more complete treatment of this passage, please see Good News for Great Days by O. S. Hawkins, pages 213-224.