I Have Great News!
“Then Jesus answered, ‘Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine?’”
– Luke 17:17
I was in my home office a few weeks ago, finishing another fascinating Zoom meeting with other Kids Pastors from around the state, when I heard my wife tell our son Drew to put his shoes on for a bike ride. I have just clicked the leave meeting button when the office door burst open. I look over to see my son, wide-eyed with an excited smile. “Dad! I have great news! Mom says we’re going on a bike ride!” Well, alright buddy, let’s go.
A few days later, I tell Drew to go get in the car so we can go play disc golf at the church. He takes in a long, gasping breath, then runs into the garage where Kim is loading our equipment. “Mom! I have great news! Dad says we’re going to play disc golf at the church!”
We have heard this phrase from our son so many times over the past few weeks. When we have chicken nuggets for dinner: “I have great news!” When we agree to turn on his favorite movie (either Space Jam or Scoob depending on his mood): “I have great news!” When I let him go outside with me to check the smoker: “I have great news!” Anything and everything that happens in our daily life become great news to him, and all great news is worth sharing.
Think about this as you read Luke 17. Jesus tells the 10 lepers to go and show themselves to the priest. This was a required step for them to be declared clean and begin the process of reentering society. Notice in verse 14, Jesus tells them to go to the priest BEFORE He makes them clean. In fact, the lepers are not cleansed until they are already on their journey to the priest. For these men, being able to show themselves to the priest truly cleansed was indeed great news.
Yet only nine continue the journey to the priest. One, when he sees he has been cleansed, turns back to return to Jesus. Was this an act of disobedience? No, he would still have to go and show himself to the priest just as Jesus had commanded. Unlike the other nine, this man wanted to take the time to thank the One who had made the great news possible. Jesus even says “Here’s one, but where are the others?” It’s at this moment that Jesus does more than just cleanse the man. “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” Other translations use the word whole, and some even say his faith saved him.
By showing his thanks to the One who created the great news, this man received even greater news. How much greater will our news be when we stop and take the time to thank the One who created the great news?
Pray: God, thank you for saving me and loving me, even though I don’t deserve You. Forgive me for the times I take for granted the great things You do in my life and remind me to look to You.
First Baptist Broken Arrow