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Without & Within

In Luke 17:11-21, we have the record of Jesus encountering ten lepers, nine Jews and one Samaritan, as he entered “a certain village” on his way to Jerusalem. When the ten lepers saw Jesus, they began to cry out: “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us” (17:13). Jesus instructed them to go and shew themselves to the priest. “And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were CLEANSED [healed physically]” (17:14). 

One of them, the Samaritan, turned back to give glory to God, fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, and gave thanks. Jesus asked the crowd: “Where are the [other] nine?” (17:17). What Jesus said to the one that returned to worship, glorify God and give thanks is significant: “Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath MADE THEE WHOLE” (17:19).

First, it signifies this Samaritan recognized the true source of his healing—the PERSON of Jesus, not merely a PROCEDURE. In other words, HIS faith went further than that of the other nine, translating into WORSHIP!

Secondly is the contrast between ten lepers being CLEANSED [without] and the one leper being MADE WHOLE [without and within]. One can be cleansed without being made whole. The tenth leper, the Samaritan who returned to WORSHIP, got the full salvation package. 

Thirdly, if we assume the Samaritan made the priest his SECOND stop after making Jesus his FIRST stop, the message to the priest would have been: “This man called Jesus is no respector of persons, providing salvation to EVERYONE—Jews and Gentiles!” 

When the Pharisees later demanded he address the matter of the kingdom, Jesus replied: “The kingdom of God cometh not with OBSERVATION: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is WITHIN YOU” (17:20-21). In other words, that Samaritan leper, whom Jesus had MADE WHOLE, slipped right into the Kingdom of God before their very eyes and they were oblivious. He had gotten into the Kingdom and the Kingdom had gotten into him, unobserved by the religious elites. 

It is a marvelous thing to be CLEANSED. But it’s far better to be MADE WHOLE, and experience salvation both WITHOUT and WITHIN!


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