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“Where are the Nine?”

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And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful” 

– Col. 3:15

Where are the nine?

Luke 17:11-19

Ten men had come to Jesus covered in leprosy. “And they lifted up their voices saying, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us’" (v.13). They had begged him. The Savior said to them: "Go, show yourselves to the priests" (v.14), thus fulfilling the law of Moses. Undoubtedly the ten had enough faith to obey the words of Christ, because they left for the temple. "And as they went they were cleansed" (v.14). Without a doubt, a powerful miracle. Their flesh, moments before rotten, was now soft and healthy. Surely they would return to give thanks for the healing, but only one came back.

“Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine?” (Luke 17:17-18). So soon they forgot to give thanks? 

How ironic that a non-Jew came back to thank the King of the Jews for his healing. That day he became safe and sound because of his immense faith. He became an example of the grace that must dwell in the hearts of the heirs of Heaven.  

Even today, the question remains. Once a pastor lived in an active seaport. After a terrible storm, he nailed a sign in his church with the names of nine sailors. On the names he wrote: "Lost in the sea." The news spread throughout the city, and one after another the nine men came to protest. After each protest, the pastor crossed out a name. At that evening's meeting he explained: "I was asked to pray for the safety of eleven people from the shipwreck on Friday, only two came to ask me to give thanks for their happy return, I assumed that the other nine had drowned."  

How often we resemble the nine! Daily the Lord pours out thousands of blessings. He gives us life, health, food, roof, employment, air to breathe, light to see, the song of the birds to brighten the day and many more. He takes care of the dangers, visible and invisible. He raises us from the sickbed. He offers us the riches of salvation through Christ. 

Do you appreciate this? Have you given thanks for this day of life that you live today? Are we among the nine, or are we like that Samaritan who came back, full of gratitude?

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you, 1 Thessalonians 5.18.

 - Jaime Restrepo