“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 …” Luke 17:15-16.
On the border of Samaria and Galilee, a likely mixture of Jews and Gentiles were brought together by more than just a disease; they all had faith. All ten were calling Jesus ‘Master’ and asking Him to have mercy on them. Jesus didn’t sort them out by who was in the covenant with God. He saw their evident faith in Him to heal them and told them, still unclean with the disease, to show their skin to the priests who could confirm their healing.
By that same faith, all ten went … and on the way all ten were healed. The only one to return and give thanks was a foreigner who didn’t know the Law, the sacrifices, or the temple.
Being thanked meant something to God incarnate! And so we, who have much to be thankful for, not the least salvation and forgiveness from our disease of sin, should, as the song says, “Give thanks with a grateful heart … because He has given Jesus Christ, His Son.”
You’ve obeyed the gospel and been healed from sin, but has the impact of His mercy hit you so that you gave thanks?