“11 Now it happened ………. 19 And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.” Lk 17:11-19
It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that contains Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to recognize that mankind is made whole through and by Jesus only. What do you think when you hear the word ‘wholeness’? ‘Wholeness or wellness’ teaching is a big concept in our day, especially in the context of New Age thinking.
Through Jesus Christ, God has called elects to a life of wholeness.
The basic meaning of ‘wholeness’ is biblically defined as an idea of completeness, well being, spiritual prosperity and harmony.
It depicts a relationship that God establishes and intends for God’s elect with Himself, others and nature. It involves a total harmony of spirit, soul and body.
At times, God allows difficulties in the life of God’s elect to cause them to turn to Him. God is always there to meet felt needs for healing, deliverance and success. However, God desires beyond their felt needs that their greater need for wholeness be met. This story in Luke 17:11-19 traces the path from felt need to wholeness.
Coming To Jesus vs 11-13
Jesus travelled to Jerusalem by passing through Samaria and Galilee. He came to the lost sheep of Israel and also ministered to those outside the covenant. Dire need for healing caused the lepers to come to Jesus. In like manner, our felt needs brings us to Jesus. They had heard the Gospel Word that Jesus heals. The lepers called in a loud voice, they were serious about their needs. Leprosy implies sin in the Bible. It cause one to be separated from God. It makes one unclean. One have nothing good in themselves to approach God. One must plead for God’s mercy to meet the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that has the power to set one free.
Cleansing From Jesus vs 14
Jesus saw them even though they were far off. God sees us even when we are far away from Him. Jesus did not say that they will be healed but rather instructed them to go to the priest. Obedience leads to miracle. Obedience to the faith in the righteousness of God is a must. Perhaps they would have wanted evidence for healing but they went and were healed. Naaman the Syrian, in 2 Kings 5 did not like Elisha’s command to dip seven times in the Jordan River but in obeying, he was healed. Obedience to go and distribute 5 loaves and 2 fishes to the many and asking the blind man to wash in the pool of Siloam were rewarded with miracles.
Clinging To Jesus vs 15-16
Only one showed gratitude. He came back praising God in a loud voice. He was a Samaritan, despised by the Jews. A gentle warning to elects at NCCkl, familiarity breeds contempt. We need to learn to show gratitude for the Gospel Truth at all times. Only one leper fell at Jesus’ feet. In fact, revelation knowledge of the Gospel of God’s Righteousness leads us to humility and to recognize our unworthiness. Falling at Jesus’ feet leads to resurrection miracle. Miracle of Jairus Mk 5:22, Mary John 11:32
Completeness From Jesus vs 17-19
Jesus three questions :
1. Were not 10 cleansed? Jesus know exactly whom He had touched. We are accountable for our blessings. Jesus healing record is 10 on 10.
2. Where are the other 9? Jesus does not want any to perish. He is seeking out for every soul.
3. Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner? God’s elect need to live as aliens and strangers in this world. 1 Pet 2:11
Jesus declared to him, “your faith has made you well” The Greek word for ‘well or wholeness’ is ‘sozo’ implying being saved more than just being cleansed. Faith evidenced in thanking God and falling at Jesus’ feet. 10 cured of physical disease but only 1 cured of both physical and spiritual disease. 10 had felt needs met, only 1 had real need met. 10 got what they wanted, only 1 got what God wanted. 10 got healed, only 1 was made whole.