Luke 17:12-19 records the healing of ten lepers and teaches an important lesson as well.

Luke 17:12,13:
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.

Lepers were supposed to keep their distance and avoid contact with people which is what these ten did. Apparently, they had heard of Jesus the teacher and healer, because they called him “Master.” They came expecting something, and they would not be disappointed.

Luke 17:14a:
And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests….

That is the simple command he gives them. They come to him. He does not touch them. They yell at him, and he yells back, “Go shew yourselves to the priests.” They knew what this meant, because that is what you did when you were healed. You would show yourself to the priest, and he would official declare that you were healed. Then, you could get back into things and be around people again

When Jesus ministered to the leper in Matthew 8, he touched him; he embraced him. Not this time. They kept their distance. The lepers yelled at him, “Have mercy on us.” And he yelled back, “Go shew yourselves to the priests.” But, again, they knew what that was to indicate.

Luke 17:14b:
… And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.

They were not healed until they went… until they obeyed the command and went on their way. He just said, “Go shew yourselves unto the priests.” So, that is what they did, and as they went, they were healed. It says, “It came to pass.” That is a figure; every time you read it in the Word. It is a pleonasm, a redundancy. Obviously, it came to pass. It says it. The point of that phrase is to emphasize it. To emphasize that he told them what to do, and they did it. And, it came to pass that, as they went, they were clean. They were all healed. They were not healed until they went though. Many people do not get healed because they do not go. They, too often, sit around wishing to somehow receive a miracle. But God wants them to believe that the y have received their healing and go their way, and their faith will make them whole. That is what happened to these ten.

Luke 17:15,16a:
And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
16a And fell down on his face at his [Jesus’] feet….

So, this time he comes all the way back. He does not stand at a distance and yell because he was no longer a leper.

Luke 17:16-19:
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 unto him [unto this one who came back], Arise, go thy way, thy faith hath made thee whole.

They all got the healing they wanted, but this man was made whole. His faith made him whole.

Marriage counseling works the same way. People come for marriage counseling and they want you to make everything better. It does not work that way. You can give them counsel and direction, but, if they do not act on it, they do not get the benefit of it. Not that anyone is a perfect counselor, but, if we give them the Word on something and if they are not willing to do it, they do not get the benefit.

It is the same way with healing. It all works the same way. It’s up to you. It is your body when you need healing and deliverance. It is your heart and mind and life. So when you go for healing do what you’re told believing God got you to the right person at the right time. Then remember to glorify God for what He did for you. He has quite an abundance awaiting you, just walk forth and claim it

By Wayne Clapp