For while we were yet weak, in due season Christ died for the ungodly. Rom. 5,6
11 While He was on the way to Jerusalem, He was passing between
Samaria and Galilee. 12 As He entered a village, ten leprous men who
stood at a distance met Him; 13 and they raised their voices, saying,
"Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!" 14 When He saw them, He said to them,
"Go and show yourselves to the priests." And as they were going, they
were cleansed. 15 Now one of them, when he saw that he had been healed,
turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice, 16 and he fell on his
face at His feet, giving thanks to Him. And he was a Samaritan. 17 Then
Jesus answered and said, "Were there not ten cleansed? But the
nine--where are they? 18 "Was no one found who returned to give glory to
God, except this foreigner?" 19 And He said to him, "Stand up and go;
your faith has made you well."
What about Samaria then - it
was a little better there wasn't it? When Jesus meets the Samaritan
woman by Jacob's well in Sykar, Jesus puts the people there straight.
The woman says: "Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you people
say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship." Jesus
said to her, "Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this
mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. "You worship what
you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the
Galilee - a mixture of
people of Jews and heathens, with a very low status in Israel, and
Samaria - a people of false teaching, which means, a people in
opposition and riots towards God's true way! There - in the land
between these two areas is where Jesus were right now! And this is where
he also met these unclean! These lepers and therefore excluded! My
friend, notice by all means where Jesus walks! It is a very
widespread tendency today to think as the orthodox Jews - and especially
the pharisees and the scholars - that Jesus if He truly was sent by God,
sought the true and good Israelite and only them! What in the world did
He do amongst the excluded and unclean - He who was clean Himself?
Jesus is the only human being from the day of the fall till this day as we sit here gathered together, that has been clean in the eyes of God - which is without sin! And the Scripture also teaches us why He was dressed with this clean body - because it talks about a dressing. It was of God! Listen!: "For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Therefore, when He comes into the world, He says, "SACRIFICE AND OFFERING YOU HAVE NOT DESIRED, BUT A BODY YOU HAVE PREPARED FOR ME; IN WHOLE BURNT OFFERINGS AND sacrifices FOR SIN YOU HAVE TAKEN NO PLEASURE. "THEN I SAID, 'BEHOLD, I HAVE COME (IN THE SCROLL OF THE BOOK IT IS WRITTEN OF ME) TO DO YOUR WILL, O GOD.'After saying above, "SACRIFICES AND OFFERINGS AND WHOLE BURNT OFFERINGS AND sacrifices FOR SIN YOU HAVE NOT DESIRED, NOR HAVE YOU TAKEN PLEASURE in them" (which are offered according to the Law),then He said, "BEHOLD, I HAVE COME TO DO YOUR WILL." He takes away the first in order to establish the second. By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all." (Hebr.10:4-10).
Here - in these verses - you have all you need to know to salvation! What is said here is pretty simple: God couldn't receive the sinful man on the foundation of the sacrifices they brought to God! It could not take away sins! Nothing else could either! It is a true confession and experience Fredrik Wisloff describes in the song: "I was lost and did not see any way." And: "When no power could save me." No road to salvation! No power could help! But then he sees what Jesus describes here and can sing it out: "Then i saw the blood, yes the blood!" And: "Then the blood saved!"
"A body you have prepared
for Me, says the Savior. An act of God! And why? Yes, to do what
you could never do because of your sin, and your lust - to do the will
of God! And hear the word of the evangelist: "By this will we have been
sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for
We mentioned how great Jesus
became for this cleansed Samaritan. That is something to carefully
notice - he wasn't just cleansed from his leprosy, but also from his
false teaching and faith! He was still - and throughout his life - a
Samaritan by birth and race, but not spiritually! This Samaritan did now
become - in God's eyes - a true Israelite! That was also the will of God
with him, as it is also the will of God for you! Jesus says
something powerful to him here: "Your faith has saved you." (V.19).
So what about you who are
here right now? Has Jesus helped you in any way? Maybe delivered you
from a disease - physical or psychological? Maybe delivered you from a
criminal record, drugs, alcohol or other addictions? So that you could
return to a normal condition in society. What a great mercy to
experience something like that! But I must still be allowed to ask you -
at least on the foundation of passages like the one we have stopped for
now - has Jesus been revealed to you as who He really is, so that you
lie by His feet and praise and worship Him? "He made Him who knew no sin
to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of
God in Him." (2 Cor. 5:21).
When you hear about saving faith - do you start to look at your faith then? Whether it is good enough, the right kind etc? That's not what we're talking about - but how is your relationship with Jesus? It is shaped and controlled by you seeing His relationship to you?
Holy Bible, New American