Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Luke 17:15:19: Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus' feet, giving Him thanks. Now was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, "Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner? And He said to him. "Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well."
The Healing Power of Jesus:
Ten men were wandering around Judea. They were homeless because of their disease. They had leprosy. They had to isolate themselves from the families AND their communities. They had to wander around picking up scraps on which to live, crying out, "Unclean" so that no one would come near them.
Then Jesus walked by them. How and where they knew about Jesus, no one knows. What we do know is, Jesus healed them. All ten men ran to the Temple in Jerusalem to show themselves to the the Priests to be declared, "Clean" so that they could finally go home.
Faith that Noticed:
One of the ten, noticed that he was healed. He stopped. He observed. He believed. He returned. He praised. He was sent off.
How often do we notice? How often do we "take stock" of the situation? How do we respond by means of faith? These are questions that you and I have to wrestle with.
And when you notice, what is the next step?
We come to the feet of Jesus, the "author and perfecter of our faith." We come and praise Jesus for all that He has done. I think it would be good for all Christians, you and I included, to spend more time on our knees in humble praise because of the salvation we received by means of Jesus' body broken and blood shed. I think that it is good for us, you and I included, to spend time faithfully thanking God for Jesus. It's time to see the healing and restoration of our lives that God has done and come to worship Jesus.
Come and See:
If you're in the Huntsville/Walker County area, come and see. Come and thank Jesus in humble praise. Come this Sunday. We have Sunday School at 9:15am. We have worship at 10:30am.
Pastor Robert Hemsath joined Faith Lutheran Church and School as the Senior Pastor in January 2017. Pastor Hemsath comes to FLC from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX. He has also served congregations in Aberdeen, ID and Pocatello, ID. He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 20 years.