October 06, 2021 Bruce Reynolds



As we look around the world these days it seems like more and more there is a feeling of entitlement. There is a sense that we deserve things. I don’t know about you, but what I have found is that I am thankful I do not get what I deserve. The Lord has blessed me with wonderful grace and love. Many times, I wonder if I take for granted such blessings.

Today in my devotions I was in Luke 17 and in verse eleven we read the account of Jesus on His way to Jerusalem at the border of Samaria and Galilee. He was confronted by ten men with leprosy. They cried out to Jesus for pity and mercy. These men were suffering from a horrible and painful disease that would eventually take their lives as their flesh slowly rotted off their bodies. In the meantime, they were separated from those they loved. Jesus was their only hope.

Jesus, when He heard them cry out for mercy just spoke the words, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” Now going to show themselves to the priests meant that healing had to have occurred. This is where it gets interesting. One of the men, when he saw that he had been healed turned around and fell at the feet of Jesus praising God “in a loud voice.”

That is so cool. Jesus asked him questions, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine?” A great miracle of healing was given to ten men, but only one was willing to come and give thanks and worship to the One who had healed him. And this guy was a Samaritan.

Jesus asked a great question, “Where are the other nine?” I come into a sanctuary every Sunday that is barely half full.  I wonder, are there not more who have been forgiven of all their sin and trespasses against the God of creation? Aren’t there more who have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, who have been snatched from the gates of hell? Where are the other nine? Where are those who recognized the miracle that has been granted to them by the grace of an amazing Savior? Where are those who would cry out with a loud voice in worship for what Jesus has done for them? Are they okay with just staying home and feeling good about their salvation?

Where are the other nine who would be willing to go out in the highways and byways proclaiming the love of a Savior? Where are the other nine who would be willing to serve that others may share in what they have received? Have the other nine become numb to the miracle that has cleansed them from the dreaded disease of sin and death? II Timothy 3:2 tells us of the heart and attitude of the world in the end of days. One of the attributes of the people in “those days” is that they will be ungrateful.

I am sure I am not the only one wondering where the other nine are. I am sure Jesus is still wondering the same thing.