Jesus said, "Ten men were healed; where are the other nine? This man is not even a Jew! Is he the only one that came back to give praise to God?" Then Jesus said to the man, "Stand up! You can go. You were healed because you believed."
— Luke 17: 17-19
"Where are the other nine?" Jesus says some sad things during his earthly ministry that tear apart our hearts: "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" "Peter, do you love me?" "Judas, is it with a kiss that you are betraying the Son of Man?" "Into your hands I commit my spirit." All of these statements are agonizing. Unfortunately he has to keep saying, "Where are the other nine?" or something like it quite frequently. Many of us go to the Father using the name and authority of Jesus and ask for many things great and small. In great love and mercy, the Father and the Son often bless us with precisely what we ask of them. Yet with so many blessings lavished on us, our prayers remain focused upon getting more rather than thanking and praising them for their generosity and grace. I'm sure they have to be hurt by the constant questions of heaven, "Where is the thanks?"
Almighty God and loving Father, forgive me for my self-centered preoccupation. You have blessed me with so much and I seem to thank you for so little. I praise you for your selfless love, your abundant mercy, your costly grace, your faithfulness to your promises, and your assurance of my future with you. Thank you for your Holy Spirit who intercedes right now as I pray and who strengthens, equips, leads, and empowers me. Thank you for the breath I breathe, the food I eat, the clothes I wear, and the place I lay my head at night. For these, and thousands of other blessings from your hand, I thank you. In Jesus name. Amen.
Today's Verses in Context
Jesus was traveling to Jerusalem. He went from Galilee to Samaria. He came into a small town. Ten men met him there. These men did not come close to Jesus, because they all had leprosy. But the men yelled to Jesus, "Jesus! Master! Please help us!" When Jesus saw the men, he said, "Go and show yourselves to the priests. " While the ten men were going to the priests, they were healed. When one of the men saw that he was healed, he went back to Jesus. He praised God loudly. He bowed down at Jesus' feet. The man thanked Jesus. (This man was a Samaritan. ) Jesus said, "Ten men were healed; where are the other nine? This man is not even a Jew! Is he the only one that came back to give praise to God?" Then Jesus said to the man, "Stand up! You can go. You were healed because you believed."
Related Scripture Readings
So be very careful how you live. Don't live like people who are not wise. But live wisely. I mean that you should use every chance you have for doing good, because these are evil times. So don't be foolish with your lives. But learn what the Lord wants you to do. Don't be drunk with wine. That will ruin (destroy) you spiritually. But be filled with the Spirit. Communicate to each other with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your hearts to the Lord. Always give thanks to God the Father for everything. Give him thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Be willing to serve each other. Do this because you respect Christ.
Think only about the things in heaven, not the things on earth.
Come, let us praise the Lord! Let's shout praises to the Rock, who saves us. Let's sing songs of thanks to the Lord. Let's sing happy songs of praise to him. Why? Because the Lord is a great God! He is the Great King ruling over all the other "gods." The deepest caves and the highest mountains belong to the Lord. The ocean is his—he created it. God made the dry land with his own hands. Come, let's bow down and worship him! Let's praise the God who made us!