Chapter 38 The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.
This week’s question: Where are the nine? (Luke 17.17).
One day, near the end of Christ’s time on this earth, He was walking to Jerusalem when He encountered ten lepers in a colony to themselves. They began to lift their voices and call to Him for mercy, He stopped, spoke words of healing over them, and sent them off to the priest for confirmation of their wholeness. All ten had been healed, and nine of them immediately rushed home to their families. Only one of the ten men returned to thank Jesus, and He asked the healed leper— and us— a poignant and penetrating question: “Were there not ten cleansed? . . . Where are the nine?” (Luke 17: 17).
All ten of them desperately wanted to be healed. All ten of them cried out for His mercy (Luke 17.13). All ten of them obeyed Christ when He said “go show yourselves to the priests” and all ten of them were healed (Luke 17.14).
All they had was the word of Christ. All they had was the promise of God’s word. Yet they walked in faith and obedience.
What about you? Are you sitting by a road somewhere?
Perhaps Jesus has passed by time and again, but you never got up and called to Him. Be encouraged by these lepers to get up. If you don’t, you might miss the Master.
But back to our story. When the ten realized what had happened, nine of them ran to their homes and families and businesses, but one stopped.
The man who stood alone in the road also had a family and a business. But something was more pressing: he felt compelled to get back to Jesus, his Healer.
Many people find themselves like the nine. Perhaps you are one of them.
As you, having been greatly blessed by God, stand on that road, do you find yourself among the nine who rush off to attend to other personal matters? Or are you joining the one who saw the importance of first “[ entering] into His gates with thanksgiving” (Psalm 100: 4)? Get up: Jesus is still passing by right now. Get out: take Him at His word and stand upon His promises. And when blessings come, always make a point to get back to Him with your gratitude and thanks.
Next week’s question: “Did not our heart burn within us?” (Luke 24.32).
Last week’s question: “Who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10.29). Read it here.
I have been pulling a few thoughts out of each chapter, but I cannot cover all the nuggets Hawkins shares in this little gem of a book. I hope these excerpts whet your appetite to purchase the book for yourself. Just click on one of the links below.
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