So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” 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.
Ten lepers went to the priests. Ten lepers were healed on the way. Only one leper returned to give thanks.
Here is a contrast of two types of people. Those who recognize they are in desperate need of God’s grace and mercy and those who take the gifts of God for granted.
We have received something wonderful and undeserved from the Lord, a precious gift, the sweetness of justification that has cleansed us, making us presentable before the God of the universe. We can be like the nine who went on their way, about their business. Or, we can choose to be like the one who recognized the work of Christ and returned to Him, glorifying God with praise and thanksgiving.
This Thanksgiving, we have the privilege of taking the time to stop and turn our faces to God, glorifying Him and giving praise and thanksgiving for all His wonderful work in our lives…. for the precious and wonderful gift of His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.