This morning at Awakening Church, we had special prayer for a couple of individuals. My wife and I laid hands on a lady struggling with diabetes. After just a few seconds, the Holy Spirit showed up and we all three sensed something special had just happened.
God began to remind me of the story of the ten lepers that Jesus cleansed. The story is told in Luke and is a type and shadow of law and grace.
12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: 13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. 14 And when he saw them, he said to them, Go show yourselves to the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. 15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. 17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? 18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. 19 And he said to him, Arise, go your way: your faith has made you whole.
Anyone familiar with leprosy knows that it’s a horrible, disfiguring disease. It starts showing itself in the faces and appendages of the victims. The skin cracks open into oozing, running sores. Over time, the fingers and toes will rot and fall off.
Jesus had compassion on these poor people. He sent them, according to the Mosaic Law, to show themselves to the priests. The Bible says, as they went, they were then cleansed. If we could only learn to obey Jesus, through His word, or through the prompting and voice of the Spirit, we can live from miracle to miracle.
One leper…only one, came back to find Jesus, to thank Him and glorified God! Jesus asked him where the other nine were.
You see, they all obeyed. They all received a cleansing of their leprosy. The oozing and cracking stopped in its tracks. All ten received a healing.
By showing themselves to the priest, they fulfilled the legal requirements of the Law, making them acceptable to be received again into the people of Israel.
But the one man, he came back. He knew that he was healed, but he also sensed that he was healed: not by the Law, but by the grace of the carpenter from Galilee. His obedience to Jesus triggered the move of God in his body. He, like the others, was healed.
All were healed; however, only one returned…and only one was “made whole.”
I believe the leprosy was cured in the first nine. But the man that returned to the source of grace was “made whole”…any missing fingers were restored, and the scars and disfigurements were reversed. His skin was like a child’s.
Jesus, with His grace, will not only save and cleanse you, but He will make you whole. He wants to make you whole, complete, and without lack in all areas of life, restoring everything, lacking nothing!
Let’s not just be justified in the sight of the Law. Let’s ask the Master to make us whole…
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