Wednesday's Thought of the Day
“As He continue His journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through Samaria and Galilee. As He was entering a village, ten lepers met Him. They stood at a distance from Him and raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!” And when He saw them he said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” As they were going they were cleansed. One of them, realizing he had been healed, returned glorifying God in a loud voice, and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked Him. He was a Samaritan”.
There are a couple of thoughts from this powerful verse I would like to share with you. This is clear evidence that Jesus came to minister to all, Jews and Gentiles alike and equally. The Jewish people and the Samaritans did not associate with each other and in fact despised each other. There is another well-known interaction between a Samaritan in an account recorded in John 4, “A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink”. This woman was not only a Samaritan, but a sinful woman that was scorned even by her own people. Just as Jesus cured the ten lepers that were scorned by society, He ministered to this sinful Samaritan woman and converted her because she believed in Jesus. Jesus said in Mark 2:17, “Those who are well do not need a physician. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners”. As good as we all try to be, we are weak and from time to time fall into sin, but know that Jesus came for us. The second takeaway that strikes me is the thankfulness of people. The Samaritan woman was an outcast, but Jesus gave her self-worth back to her and she was thankful and praised Jesus for His compassion and mercy. She shared the Good News of Jesus with her fellow Samaritans. Did you notice that Jesus cured ten lepers, yet only one returned to thank Him? Sisters and brothers, are we as insistent upon thanksgiving as we are upon petitioning God for our needs? If this is not the case, I would suggest you change. Giving thanks to our Creator should be a daily prayer. Sit at the foot of Jesus’ Cross, gaze into His eyes and say, “Thank you Jesus”.
LORD God, let me be forever grateful for all the wonderful graces that flow forth from You to me. At times I feel unworthy, but You, dear LORD provide me with the comfort of Your loving arms. Let me be like the lone leper that came back in thanksgiving and the Samaritan woman that was thankful and spread the Good News. Thank you, LORD God. AMEN