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GRATEFUL FAITH
May 8, 2016

 

SCRIPTURE: Luke 17:11-19

 

KEY VERSE: And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God. (Luke 17:15)

 

INTRODUCTION: All through His earthly ministry, the Lord Jesus regularly came upon people who had been hurt by the troubles of life. Some were lame, leprous, or lost; others could not hear or see; others had withered limbs; and they largely had wounded spirits.

 

Out of all this, not one time do we read of Jesus Christ being unconcerned, and seldom do we read of Jesus assigning blame. Instead, time and again we see Jesus bringing healing, wholeness, and salvation which He still does in people’s lives today. And for that Jesus Christ must be praised!

 

The Lord Jesus was making His way to Jerusalem. At the border of Judea  and Samaria, Jesus healed ten lepers at one time, and the fact that the miracle involved a Samaritan made it even more significant (see, Luke 10:30-37). The Lord Jesus used this event to teach a lesson about gratitude to God.

 

I. THE REQUEST. (Luke 17:11-13)

 

·        Notice The Lepers’ Condition:

 

(Luke 17:11-13) 11 And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: 13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.

 

A. They Were UNCLEAN.

 

They were aware of their condition. No one had to tell them that they were sick. All they had to do was to look at themselves and they could see their diseased skin. One Bible dictionary describes leprosy as "...nothing short of living death dissolution of the whole body, so that one limb after another actually decayed and fell away."

 

B. They Were AFAR OFF.

 

They were separated from other people. The law said that they must remain at least 100 paces from others without the disease. Lepers were drawn together by their common disease.

 

C. They were WITHOUT HOPE.

 

There were no known cures for their horrible disease. They could do nothing to help their condition nor could anyone else help them. Perhaps they had heard of one called Jesus who could heal the sick. Perhaps this is the one thread of hope that drew them to be near the gate of the city when Jesus approached.

 

II. THE MIRACLE. (Luke 17:14)

 

(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. They All Cried Out To JESUS.

 

In verse 13 it says they lifted up their voices. They cried out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

 

One symptom of the disease is an almost total loss of voice. Their cry was born out of desperation.

 

B. They Cried Out In HUMILITY.

 

They were not in a position to demand anything. They cried out for mercy.

 

C. They Were Commanded To GO.

 

“Go shew yourselves unto the priests.” This was the provision made in the law for one who recovered from leprosy (unlikely as it was). As they went, they were cleansed from their awful disease of leprosy.

 

III. THANKS AND A QUESTION. (Luke 17:15-19)

 

(Luke 17:15-19) 15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. 17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? 18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. 19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

 

A. One Leper CAME TO JESUS.

 

He returned when he saw that he had been cleansed from his disease. He returned to glorify God. He returned to worship God. He returned to give thanks unto God.

 

B. Jesus Came To That ONE LEPER.

 

He received cleansing from his disease with the other nine. He alone received cleansing for his soul. He alone saw Jesus as God. Jesus told him, “...thy faith hath made thee whole.”

 

THE APPLICATION OF THIS STORY

 

(1) One Leper.

 

The “One Leper” is a picture of a repentant sinner who comes to Jesus. He was lost in the crowd of lepers; he had no identity apart from being a leper. Without Christ, we are lost in a crowd of sinners. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned....”

 

While others were satisfied with a physical cleansing, “One Leper” realized his need for more. He came to Jesus in faith and gained an identity. Ephesians 2:8, “For by grace are ye saved through faith….”

 

(2) The Nine Lepers.

 

The “Nine Lepers” are a picture of religious people. They saw Jesus only as a great teacher.

 

(1) They called Him Jesus, Master.

 

(2) Master = rabbi = Great teacher.

 

They sought only for a cure for the CONDITION that they were in. They should have sought Jesus for their salvation.

 

a. Religion deals with the SYMPTOMS of sins and the CONDITIONS sin brings.

 

b. Religion does NOT deal with the SOURCE and CAUSE of those conditions.

 

c. They were more concerned with the OUTSIDE than with the INSIDE.

 

(3) Jesus’ view of “RELIGION.” (Matthew 23:25-28)

 

(Matthew 23:25-28) 25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. 26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

 

27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. 28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

 

(4) Jesus asked, “WHERE ARE THE NINE”?

 

Jesus expected ALL to come to Him. After such a display of divine power, surely they would realize that he was the Son of God – BUT THEY DID NOT! Unfortunately, they were like many today.

 

a. “The Nine Lepers” came NEAR Jesus, but they did NOT come TO Jesus.

 

b. “The Nine Lepers” came near enough to bring about an OUTWARD CHANGE, but NOT an INWARD CHANGE.

 

Acts 4:12 says, "...there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we MUST be saved."

 

Acts 16:31 says, "...believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved..."

 

(5) Consider the PROBLEM.

 

a. “The Nine Lepers” were needy.

 

But we have needs today as well. Our needs are not always as outwardly visible as theirs were. Do we allow “circumstances” to keep us from coming to Jesus with our needs?

 

b. “The Nine Lepers” found the help they needed – they received physical healing.

 

INSIGHT: The answer is, "Come to Jesus, He knows our needs and can meet them." They found physical healing. But they also needed spiritual healing – they needed everlasting life!

 

Sometimes God allows circumstances to come into our lives so that we might come to Him. Be thankful for all of God’s blessings.

 

Jesus asked, "Where are the nine?" Perhaps “the Nine Lepers” felt that they no longer needed Jesus. Remember, God is more than just an emergency way out of trouble!

 

c. What happened to “the one” who returned?

 

Thankfulness brings additional blessings upon us. “The one” who returned was made complete. He received physical and spiritual healing.

 

His sins were forgiven, and he became a true believer in Jesus Christ. The key is FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST. "...thy faith hath made thee whole..." (Luke 17:19).

 

WHY ME?
By Joanie Yoder

 

“And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God.” – Luke 17:15

 

A few years ago, an unkempt, poorly adjusted youth named Tim (not his real name) was converted to Christ in an evangelistic crusade. Several days later, still unkempt but bathed in the love of Christ, he was sent to my home so that I could help him find a good church. And so it was that he began attending with me.

 

Though Tim needed and received much loving help in personal grooming and basic social graces, one characteristic has remained unchanged -- his untamed love for his Savior.

 

One Sunday after church Tim rushed to my side, looking somewhat perplexed. He exclaimed, “Why me? I keep asking myself, why me?” Oh, no, I thought, he’s become another complaining Christian. Then with arms outstretched, he went on to say, “Out of all the people in the world who are greater and smarter than I am, why did God choose me?” With that he joyfully clapped his hands.

 

Over the years I’ve heard many Christians, including myself, ask “Why me?” during tough times. But Tim is the first one I’ve heard ask that question when talking about God’s blessings. Many were converted the same night as Tim, but I wonder how many among them have humbly asked, “Why me?” May we ask it often. -- Joanie Yoder, Our Daily Bread, September 20, 2005

 

I know not why God's wondrous grace
To me He hath made known;
Nor why, unworthy, Christ in love
Redeemed me for His own.
– Whittle

 

CONCLUSION: Jesus healed ten lepers. Only one of the ten, who was a Samaritan, returned to thank Jesus for what He had done. Jesus then did a second thing for him -- He forgave his sins. The other nine lepers were healed but were not saved.

 

Thankfulness should be in the Christian’s heart.  Why do you go to church on Sunday? Do you go there to worship God and thank Him for all He has done for you?

 

Part of your worship is to thank Him. About the only thing we can give to God is our thanksgiving. How wonderful it is just to thank Him. We are even to make our requests to God with thanksgiving. We ought to have a thankful heart toward Him.

 

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: “Gratitude should be our continuous attitude.”

 

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REFERENCES: References used in the Bible study are the King James Bible (KJV), The Moody Bible Commentary, Dr. J. Vernon McGee © Thru the Bible Radio Network ( www.ttb.org ), the Scofield Study Bible, the Believer’s Bible Commentary, Dr. Charles J. Woodbridge Bible Outlines, Dr. Lee Roberson’s Sermons, Dr. Charles Stanley: ( http://www.intouch.org/ ), Don Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Women’s Study Bible, The Bible Reader’s Companion Ed. 3, The Nelson Study Bible: New King James Version, KJV Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the New Testament ed. 4, Dr. David Jeremiah: ( http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/ ), Dr. Cliff Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the Old Testament, With the Word Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s “Be” Series: Old & New Testaments, RBC Ministries ( http://rbc.org/ ), selected illustrations, and other references.

 

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