Cries for Mercy – Luke 17:11-16

“On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices, saying, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.’ When he saw them he said to them, ‘Go and show yourselves to the priests.’ And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan.” Luke 17:11-16

In the moments when we come to know God as our Healer, when He comes in might and grace to do that which seems impossible, may our reaction be as this Samaritan leper who was cleansed. Praising our Lord, drawing near, falling on our face at His feet in humility and thanks.

Regardless of who we were or what our life looked like before, when God’s healing enters in, everything changes. Once we were distant from Him, unable to overcome the chasm created by our own sin. But Jesus, upon hearing our cries for mercy as we look to Him, closes the gap and assures us that salvation and healing through His cross is ours by the grace and matchless power of God Most High.

We who were once distant are now brought near. “Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy” (1 Peter 2:10). Our heart is cleansed and we are able to approach His throne without fear. Our mind is renewed and our character transformed to reflect the beautiful purity and righteousness of our Lord. The Spirit of God comes into our lives and does that which we could never hope to accomplish.

“‘Because of the iniquity of his unjust gain I was angry…but he went on backsliding in the way of his own heart. I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will lead him and restore comfort to him and his mourners, creating the fruit of the lips. Peace, peace, to the far and to the near,’ says the LORD, ‘and I will heal him’” (Isaiah 57:17-19).

If not for the grace of God to open our eyes to the sickness in our soul, we would continue backsliding further from the One who gives life and peace. Knowing this, our Lord sees our rebellion, our pride, our wickedness, and declares, “I have seen his ways, but I will heal him.”

Our Savior determines to heal us. To lead us and restore comfort to our soul, creating the fruit of the lips—praise and glory to Almighty God who loves us and pours out mercy and healing, bringing peace to the far and to the near.

“Some were fools through their sinful ways,
and because of their iniquities suffered affliction…
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
He sent out his word and healed them,
and delivered them from their destruction.
Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
for his wondrous works to the children of man!”

Psalm 107:17-21

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