Where are the Nine?
I) The Recognition of the Lepers. (They Came to Jesus) Luke 17:12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:
A) Coming to Jesus brought hope for Restoration. Isaiah 57:18 I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners. Psalms 51:12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
B) Coming to Jesus brought hope for Recovery. 2 Corinthians 5:18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
C) Coming Jesus brought hope for Redemption. Romans 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Colossians 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
D) Coming to Jesus brought hope for the Remedy. Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
II) The Reaction of the Lepers. (They Cried to Jesus) Luke 17:13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
A) Crying to Jesus brought Help. Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. Psalms 116:6 The LORD preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.
B) Crying to Jesus brought Hope. Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; Hebrews 6:18-19 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
C) Crying to Jesus brought Healing. Psalms 147:3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
D) Crying to Jesus brings Heaven. Romans 10:9-13 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
III) The Reaction of the Saviour. (He saw their condition) Luke 17:14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
A) He responded by their Distress. Psalms 71:20 Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth.
B) He responded by their Distance. Ephesians 4:18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
C) He responded by their Damage. Romans 3:23-26 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
IV) The Recognition of the Saviour. ( He saw their commitment) Luke 17:15-19 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
A) Only one was Gaving to God. Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
B) Only one was Grateful to God. 1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
C) Only one was Glorifying God. Psalms 35:28 And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long. Psalms 51:15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
D) Only one was Granted by God. Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole (saved).