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Where Do You Stand?
by Jenny on November 18th, 2014

"And as He entered a village, He was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance." Luke 17:12

With the Thanksgiving season upon us our airways and our churches begin to fill with teachings on thankfulness. One Thanksgiving Day favorite is the story of Jesus healing ten men who suffered from serious skin disease.

The gospel of Luke tells us that as Jesus made His way to Jerusalem one day, ten men approached Him. The men all suffered from leprosy, a word which the Bible uses as a general term for skin disease. Luke tells us that when the ten men first saw Jesus they stood at a distance.

Why did the men stand at a distance? Were the men afraid, embarrassed or worse yet . . . contagious?

The men stood at a distance partially due to Old Testament Law, which required lepers to refrain from associating with other people (Leviticus 13:45). However, I also imagine the men believed, "How could I ever come near to the Savior when I stand so unclean?"

The ten men cry out to Jesus (from a distance), and Jesus tells them what they must do to receive healing. As the men followed Jesus' words they were healed.

Something fascinates me about this story . . . the men had to obey Jesus' word before healing occurred. In Exodus 3:12, God tells Moses, "And this is your sign that I am the One who has sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God at this very mountain." How would Moses know God had sent him? Moses had to obey God first. The same lies true with us. We must obey God's Word first.

Though ten men receive healing only one man returns to thank Jesus. The man who returned was a foreigner; a Samaritan, a person whom the Jews considered worthless, dirty, from the "wrong side of the tracks."

But when the man returned he no longer distanced himself from Jesus. Luke 17:16 tells us that the man "saw that he had been healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice, and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him." (Luke 17:15-16)

The man no longer concerned himself with political correctness. Jesus had healed him, and all that mattered to this man was thanking his Healer. Luke concludes the story by telling us that though the man had received physical healing, the man's faith made things well within his soul. I recently listened to a pastor on the radio who said about this story, "Nine men received life but one man received abundant life."

Where do you stand?

The Law says to stay away but Jesus says, "Come." (Matthew 11:28)

It's okay if you find yourself standing at a distance now. I once did. But call out to Jesus, begin to do life His Way, and you will receive a healing of your heart that will beckon you to fall at His feet with thanksgiving.

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I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling, Bible-teaching mom of six, and wife to my college sweetheart. I believe everyone can live a life of abundance through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and radical obedience to His Word.

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