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Just Keep Going

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.” (‭Luke‬ ‭17‬:‭11-19‬ NIV)

  • Notice where Jesus traveled.
    • The border between Samaria and Galilee.
      • Jesus lived in the province of Galilee; he was a Galillean. And we already know the hostile history between the Jews and Samaritans, which caused the Jews to travel around (instead of through) Samaria when going to Jerusalem. But let's look at something even more bazaar than Jesus heading toward Samaria. He was traveling "along the border." People didn't travel "along the border." This was something the Samaritans and the Jews both had in common: you don't travel "along the border."
      • The border was the place where the ostracized were sent. When you were outcast from the community, you had no where to go, but the space between communities: the border. It was along the border that you would find the diseased, the deformed, the desolate, and the defected. It was along the border that you would find the wicked, the wandering, and the wretched. And it was along the border that Jesus chose to travel.
      • Aren't you glad Jesus chose to travel along the border? Look at this picture: You and I were the ones diseased with sin and wandering in our hopelessness, living along the border, but thank God Jesus chose to walk along the border and into our lives and cleanse our sin and give us eternal hope.
  • "Go, show yourselves to the priests."
    • These guys were outcast from the community, because of their disease.
      • They couldn't worship at the local tabernacle, because they were ceremonially unclean.
      • In fact, they were considered to have been cursed and rejected by God because of their disease.
      • They couldn't eat at the local joints.
      • They couldn't shop at the local market.
      • They couldn't buy clothing from the local store.
      • They couldn't use a restroom in the city limits.
      • They couldn't enter the town limits, period.
      • They were basically left to fend for themselves.
      • These guys probably ate from the garbage that was dumped outside the city walls.
      • They weren't able to bathe properly, and they weren't able to clean up at all, and they probably smelled awful.
      • And Jesus wants them to just go walking into town right into the tabernacle.
    • In order to return to the community, they had to be declared clean by the priests.
      • This is an impossible, absurd task that doesn't make any sense.
        • (But don't you know that Jesus specializes in the impossible!)
      • These guys weren't healed yet. Their skin was still diseased.
      • If they walked into town, visibly still diseased, they would be lawfully killed.
      • Their situation, at this point, is still the same.
      • They heard Jesus say "Go," but it looks like it didn't really work, because the leprosy is still there!
        • Somebody needs to hear this:
          • God has told you that you've been healed, but the sickness is still there.
          • God has told you He's made a way, but your bank account still says zero.
          • God has told you He's going to bring it to pass, but the situation you're in hasn't changed a bit, but the Bible says:
  • "As they went, they were cleansed."
    • Don't miss this, this is the key to the healing.
      • Jesus told the thankful Samaritan who was healed in v19, "Your faith has made you well."
    • Jesus told them "Go," insinuating they were healed, and their condition hadn't changed. BUT THEY WENT.
    • They went believing what Jesus had told them, even though everything they were seeing and feeling were telling them otherwise.
    • Church, you've just got to believe Jesus and do what He says.
      • Take Him at his word, because his word is truth, and it will always come to pass.
      • I know He told you that you were healed, and everything you're seeing and feeling is telling you otherwise...
      • I know He told you he would make a way for you, but everything your seeing and feeling is telling you otherwise...
      • I know He's told you that your child will come back, but everything your seeing and feeling is telling you otherwise...
      • I know He's told you that He's going to bring that thing to pass, but everything your seeing and feeling is telling you otherwise...
      • But you've just got to believe Jesus and do what He says!
        • Regardless of what the doctor reports say
        • Regardless of how your feeling tonight
        • Regardless of what your bank account says
        • Regardless of what he or she is telling you
        • Regardless of what they're saying about you
        • Regardless about what your saying and thinking about yourself
        • Act in obedience to Jesus and He will see you through!
  • Just keep going.
    • As they went
      • It probably wasn't the first step.
      • It probably wasn't the first mile.
      • It was probably when they had approached the gates and all decided that this was just too absurd and too impossible, so they turned back, that one of them said, "Let's just take one more step. Let's just keep going."
      • It was probably that next step of faith that their healing came.
      • Church, whatever it is that Jesus has told you, you've come too far to turn back now. Just keep going.
        • You could be just one step of faith away from your healing, your breakthrough, your dream. Just keep going.

 

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