Luke 17:11-19, Common English Bible
Jesus walks alongside the borders of ethnic prejudice, which existed between Galileans and Samaritans. Jesus is a Jew and Jews considered Samaritans half-breeds and heretics. Typically Jews would walk several miles out of the way not to encounter Samaritans.
Jesus is on the border to create a culture of faithful reconciliation. Where there is brokenness Jesus comes to offer the “blessing of reconciliation” so that outsiders become insiders. God is a God of second chances for all people regardless of our mess!
How is Jesus cleaning up our mess? His actions are grounded in faith. “Without faith it is impossible to please God!” Hebrew 11:6
Jesus pursues us!
On the way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. Luke 17:11
Jesus hears us!
As he entered a village, ten men with skin diseases approached him. Keeping their distance from him, they raised their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, show us mercy!” Luke 17:12-13
Jesus includes and heals us!
When Jesus saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” As they left, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw that he had been healed, returned and praised God with a loud voice. Luke 17:14-15
Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“Faithfulness leads to thankfulness!”