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Thursday, October 07, 2004

The Leper who went to the priest

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The passage Luke 17:11-19, the Revised Common Lectionary reading for this week, talks of the ten lepers...

Luke 17Ten Healed of Leprosy
11Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy[1] met him. They stood at a distance 13and called out in a loud voice, "Jesus, Master, have pity on us!" 14When he saw them, he said, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were cleansed. 15One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him--and he was a Samaritan. 17Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" 19Then he said to him, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well."

Why did the Samaratan return to Jesus? Could it be that He was the only one who recognised that Jesus was the TRUE priest, and that returning to Him, was the only right thing to do. After all Jesus is the great high priest.

Jesus asked the guy was there only one to recognise me? Jesus really proclaims himself to be God here. Notice he doesn't ask the man to get up and go to the temple priest.

This passage really speaks about how so many receive the opportunity to come face to face with God, but then they don't get it!

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