Let’s begin by reading the account written in Luke 17:11-19 (NIV).
“Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, 'Jesus, Master, have pity on us!'
When he saw them, he said, 'Go, show yourselves to the priests.' And as they went, they were cleansed.
One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.
Jesus asked, 'Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?' Then he said to him, 'Rise and go; your faith has made you well.’”
Is life ever easy? The world surely throws trouble at us every day, whether we are following Christ or not. These ten men in today's passage found their trouble and suffering through leprosy. One day, they had a divine appointment and met God, Jesus the Lord. By His grace and mercy, they were healed in the presence of Love. They believed in that moment and they went with joy. They were healed and they had the privilege of meeting God, but they then ran back to the world and forgot Him. What did they find in this world? Neither you nor I could possibly know; however, we can be sure that the world welcomed them back again. It would appear that seeking happiness in the pleasures of this world was more important to them than the joy they found in Jesus. They forgot the goodness of God in their time of trouble.
Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?” He is still asking us the same thing in this present age. “Where are the other nine out of ten who have met Me? Has no one returned? No one to give praise to God?” He blessed those who did come back to Him: “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
No matter if we believe we are living righteously or sinfully, the truth is we have all fallen short of the glory of God. Some may walk in the darkness more obviously than others, yet we have all sinned. On the last day, all people will stand before the judgement of our Lord Jesus. No one will be able to talk their way into the eternal kingdom. The gates of heaven will only open for those who during their lifetime had, with faith in Jesus, heard “rise and go.” For those who are like the nine that did not come back because they chose to chase after the world, He will tell them, “So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3:16, NIV)
My dear friends, fix your eyes on what is unseen – the eternal – and see the joy set before you. Jesus is the only way given to mankind from above to be saved.