Wednesday Word 11.22.2017

Luke 17:11-19 New International Version

11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” 14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. 15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. 17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

Any encounter with Jesus can completely turn your life around. These men stood at a distance, cried out to him, and their lives were forever altered. They had been saved. The same thing can happen in our lives.  We simply must not fail to give thanks.

It was the Samaritan who returned in amazement and gratitude, not the men from Galilee, not the men raised as Jews. Samaritans were looked down on by the people of Israel. The Samaritans thought that God lived on a specific mountain and they went there to worship him. The Israelites believed that he was with them in the Temple in Jerusalem. The man who was considered the outsider was the only one to recognize and acknowledge his Savior.

We should never assume that people with other viewpoints cannot teach us. I think that is a fault that many of us share. We think our way of looking at things is the right way; the only right way. The Samaritan responded in a way that was pleasing to Christ, as opposed to the men from Galilee. Sometimes, new perspectives about God can come from unexpected sources. Seeing Jesus and his gifts to us from any angle can make a difference in the way we view our own lives. In two weeks we begin Advent, the period of preparation for Jesus coming into our world. Are you willing to take a fresh look at Jesus?…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki

P.S.  Happy Thanksgiving!