In Luke 17 we have the account of Jesus
healing ten lepers. Verse 13 says “they
lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us”.
The lepers were conscience of their need to be healed. It caused them to cry out
for mercy. Verse 14 -16 says “they were
cleansed as they went on their way. And one of them, when he saw that he
was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell
down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan”.
Jesus said in verse 17 “Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine”. Now some who study these verses of scripture say the other nine lepers were doing what they were told to do. Verse 14 Jesus told them, “Go show yourselves unto the priests”. So some say, they were not at fault. If that be the case, then why would Jesus ask, “where are the nine?”. Jesus was not asking this question for information, but to bring to attention the importance of being thankful for the blessings we receive. The question Jesus asked also implies that he expected the other nine should have come back and demonstrated gratitude like the Samaritan.
Ingratitude is a terrible sin. Why these nine did not thank Jesus for healing them of the awful disease of leprosy, we are not told. If you are a Christian, then Jesus has cleansed you of something far worse than leprosy. The last part of I John 1:7 says, “blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin”. This cleansing takes place daily as we walk in the light. Do we all thank God for this continual cleansings? If not, then maybe we know the answer as why the nine failed to give thanks. We just need to look inward. As God’s children, we who have been blessed with all spiritual blessings, should “Give thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” Ephesians 5:20.
Psalms 136:26 “O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever”.