Jesus Desires our Praise
“On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices, saying, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.’ When he saw them he said to them, ‘Go and show yourselves to the priests.’ And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, ‘Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?’ And he said to him, ‘Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.'”
As they went they were cleansed
Each of us, if we have believed in Jesus Christ, have been cleansed; we have been healed just like these lepers.
- Acts 15:9 “[God] made no distinction between [Jew and Gentile], having cleansed their hearts by faith.”
- 1 Peter 1:21-22 “Through [Christ you] are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love…
- Isaiah 53:4-6 “He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned–every one–to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
One of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God
The desire of Christ’s heart is that we, like the one Samaritan leper, turn and worship Him for what He has done.
- 1 Peter 2:4-5 “As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
He fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks
Among other things, one way we can offer spiritual sacrifices to Christ is through thanksgiving.
- Hebrews 13:15 “Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.”
- Psalms 50:23 “The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me.”
- Psalms 69:30-31 “I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving. This will please the LORD more than an ox or a bull with horns and hoofs.”
- Psalms 116:16-17 “O LORD, I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservant. You have loosed my bonds. I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the LORD.”
Ten lepers were healed, only one returned to worship and offer to Christ the sacrifice of thanksgiving. Since we also have been cleansed and made into a royal priesthood, let us turn to the Lord and worship Him offering spiritual sacrifices which are acceptable to Him.