Your Salvation is Jesus’ Top Priority
Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well” (Luke 17:19).
During his earthly ministry, Jesus healed the blind, the deaf, the lame, lepers and even raised the dead. Through these miracles, he showed a deep concern for our physical well-being. But there is something about us that is of deeper concern to him and that is our souls.
This concern was made evident through the miraculous healing of the ten lepers. These ten men cried out to Jesus as he entered their town. He said to them, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” As they did, they were cleansed.
Now one of them, when he saw that he was healed, went back to Jesus, fell at his feet and thanked him. This man was a Samaritan. Jesus was perplexed that only one came back, so he asked the Samaritan, “Where are the other nine?”
Since these men had been cleansed of their leprosy, they could be welcomed back into society and begin living a normal life. Maybe that’s all they wanted, but you would think they would still give thanks to the One who made it possible. But only one came back. And to him Jesus said, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”
The nine were cleansed, the Samaritan was made whole. As Peter wrote, Jesus is the “Shepherd and overseer” of our souls. His ultimate desire is to deliver our souls from the bonds of sin and death. In other words, our salvation is Jesus’ top priority. The Samaritan received this ultimate healing and his heart overflowed with gratitude.
Yes, Jesus is concerned about your physical well-being. But it’s your heart that matters most to him. On the day you believed the good news, Jesus made you whole.
The sign that our soul has been made well is a heart overflowing with gratitude. What does your heart say? If it is “thank you”, then you can know that your faith in Jesus has made you well.
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