Luke 17 records:
Ten Healed of Leprosy
11 As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. 12 As he entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance, 13 crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14 He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.”] And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy. 15 One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” 16 He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan. 17 Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19 And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you.
First of all, the leapers realized their place for they were unclean and Jesus was clean so they held their distance.
When they cried to Jesus for healing, they identified Him as their master as if each one of them were born again on that day. Jesus in accordance with the law sent them to the priest to have their healings verified. The 10 leapers to fulfill my obligation in obedience to the scriptures vs. 13.
The scripture records that as the leapers obeyed Jesus, vs. 14, they were healed!!!! Obedience produced healing. What I found interesting though, about this passage was that of the 10 that were healed only one came back and the one that came back was vs. 16 a SAMARITAN! Now I am sure you are aware that Samaritans are despised by Jews they are, to be polite, outcasts, and half breeds.
And what did Jesus expect for their healing? For those who are healed he wants them to return and GIVE GLORY TO GOD. Jesus was looking for a grateful heart that would return and give praise to God. It is amazing how many times people receive a healing and just go back to their old way of life. But the healing that was truly lasting was given to the one who was humble, grateful, and willing to fall down in surrender at Jesus feet.
The last thing that impressed me about this passage was what Jesus told the outcast. Jesus said, your faith has healed you.
The outcast experienced the lasting healing because it was a healing based on faith and certified by Jesus our true high priest.