Summary: The word of God says we are to always be grateful to God and come to Him with thanksgiving.

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Luke 17:11-19

Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. Then as He entered a certain village , there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices and said, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!". So when He saw them , He said to them, "Go, show yourselves to the priest." And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. So Jesus answered and said, "Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? "Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?" And He said to him, "Arise, go your way Your faith has made you well,"


On this day Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem and He had to go through a village called Samaria. The distance of this journey was quite a very long one but Jesus had a purpose. And wherever Jesus went He always had a multitude of people around Him.

Meaning of multitude

A crowd of people

A mass of people

A large company

In the four gospels and in the book of Ats the word multitude is used frequently. And in this group of people we had:

The disciples

The pharisees

The children

The sick

The market women

The hungry

So many came around Jesus because they knew Him to be the one that could perform miracles in their lives. They knew Him as the Miracle worker. And for this reason people of all sorts grouped around Jesus. Acts 10:38 records this "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him."

Jesus was loved by a lot of people and they could not get enough of Jesus. He always healed those who had faith and in this midst the sick will be healed, the blind will see, the deaf will hear, the lame will walk away healed, the dead will rise and people would hear the good news from Him.

The scriptures confirm this in the following:

Mark 1:32-34

At evening, when the sun had set, they brought to Him all who were sick and those who were demon-possessed. And the whole city was gathered together at the door. Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him.

Matthew 8:1-3

When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. And behold, a leper came and worshipped Him, saying, "Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean." Then Jesus put out his hand and touched him, saying, "I am willing; be cleansed." Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

On this day when Jesus eventually got to Jerusalem the ten lepers stood afar off and when they saw Jesus they lifted up their voice and cried out.

Jesus, Master have mercy on us!

When Jesus saw them, He said to them.

"Go show yourself to the priest."

And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.

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