In Luke 17:11-19, we find this amazing account of healing:
11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy[a] met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. 15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.
17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
The story of the ten lepers is predominantly a story of gratefulness, of gratitude. As the Scriptures indicate, there were 10 lepers – nine of them obviously Jewish while the other one is Samaritan. In the New Testament times, Jews and Samaritans never associate with each other. But in this case, their common affliction and ostracism from society reduced them into a band of brothers.
What is amazing is that though they are from two different societies, their hardship became the reason of their fellowship. Sometimes, God puts us in a situation with a person we don’t like to be with because He wants to show us something or He wants us to learn something. In both cases He wants us to grow into maturity as Christians.
In verses 13 and 14 we found that they had incredible faith by calling out to Christ. This faith is apparent as they follow what Christ told them to do (show themselves to the priest).On their way, they were cleansed.
But in verse 15, one of them returned when he noticed that he was healed; he came back and praised God in a loud voice. In fact, he threw himself at the feet of Christ and thanked Him. The other nine simply moved on and prepared for their reinstatement back into society; they became busy preparing for their future.
Most of us are like these: after receiving forgiveness and gaining back our birthright as children of God, we became busy preparing for the future that we actually forgot to thank God for giving us the second chance; we actually became ungrateful and just move into the future without God who gave us another shot into the future in the first place.
Today, if you really love God, be grateful. Your gratefulness is directly proportional to how much you value what God has done for you.
By the way, the Samaritan who came back and thank Jesus received not only physical cleansing/healing (“tharizo” in Greek) but he was also healed of a spiritual disease and death: he was made well (“sozo” in Greek). In other words, he received salvation.