Today's Reading: Luke 17:11-19
Then Jesus answered, "Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" And he said to him, "Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well." (Luke17:17-19)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. "Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well." This is the pronouncement we all long to hear from Jesus Himself! We may long to hear those sweet, sweet words from the holy lips of our Savior. Perhaps we are not far off from being lepers because of our sins!
We are sinners. Sin brings illness, pain, affliction, and soon enough it brings death itself. Our Lord teaches us that, "the wages of sin is death!" So perhaps we have more in common with the thankful leper than we might think!
But what is better is that God has held no grudge against us--the ones who are ill, in pain, are afflicted, and the dying. Rather, God sent His Son to become that very sin and to take on that pain, to be stricken, smitten, and afflicted, and even die that death for us, that we might live forever. It is in this death that we are baptized and from the merits of the cross that we dine. And we hear the words from Christ's under-shepherds, "Rise, your sins are forgiven you."
Daily we are raised in our Baptism to the newness of life that has been given to us by Christ our Lord. Let us give thanks like the leper who turned back and cried in a loud voice praising Him. Let us proclaim the grace and mercy that has been granted to us through Christ, for Christ has healed us both body and soul. He has given His whole self so that when our day of dying comes we, too, will hear Him proclaim, "Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well." In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Come in poverty and meanness, Come defiled, without, within; From infection and uncleanness, From the leprosy of sin, Wash your robes and make them white; Ye shall walk with God in light. (Come to Calvary's Holy Mountain LSB 435:2)