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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 17:11-12) 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:


A. They Were UNCLEAN.


1. 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.


2. They were literally falling apart.


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 WITHOUT HOPE.


1. Their situation was impossible.


There were no known cures for their horrible disease. They could do nothing to help their condition nor could anyone else help them.


2. They needed a miracle.


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.


C. They Were AFAR OFF.


(Luke 17:13) 13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.


1. They were separated from other people.


The law said that lepers must remain at least 100 paces from others without the disease. Lepers were drawn together by their common disease.


2. They were desperate for mercy.


Notice what these men did to get Jesus’ interest.


Because of their disease, these lepers honored the cultural rules and stood at a respectable distance.

BUT that didn't stop them from trying to get Jesus' attention through their loud shouts.


INSIGHT: They evidently knew enough about Jesus and His reputation to believe that Jesus was approachable and compassionate. They called him "Master" (vs. 13); without specifically requesting healing, but surely that was what they were asking for.


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.


1. “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.


2. Notice how they responded when they heard Jesus’ command.


Since they hadn't yet been cured, you would think they were quite surprised!


But they evidently had some measure of confidence in Jesus' ability to heal them, since Jesus’ instructions demanded their obedience based on faith.


INSIGHT: Notice some important facts about the way these men were healed.


The way Jesus healed people did not follow “standard operating procedures”. Jesus didn't touch these men, and Jesus wasn't even present at the moment they were healed.


Since the normal pattern was to go to a priest after healing occurred (if that should happen), the fact that Jesus told these men to go to a priest first indicated that healing would occur.


The lepers BELIEVED Jesus, obeyed Jesus, and were healed by Jesus.




(Luke 17:15-17) 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?




1. Notice how one of the lepers express his gratitude


Earlier, the man had called out in a loud voice for Jesus to have pity on him (vs. 13). Now he praised God in a loud voice.


Earlier, as one who was "unclean," he had kept his distance from Jesus. Now that he has been "cleansed," he falls at Jesus' feet, worshiped Him, and thanked Him.


2. Notice that one leper thanked Jesus for his healing.


One leper 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.


(Luke 17:18-19) 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.


1. Nine lepers did not "return and give praise to God."


For some reason they didn't share the Samaritan's grateful spirit.


Perhaps they didn't thank Him for the same reasons some often don't praise and thank God today.


a. They are too busy


b. They forget about it once a problem is solved.


c. And on and on.


As someone has said, "The sin of ingratitude is universal."


2. One leper was healed physically and spiritually.


One leper received cleansing from his disease with the other nine.


But he alone received cleansing for his soul.


INSIGHT: Not only had this one leper been healed of leprosy and the cultural stigma that came with it, but the faith that he showed in the Lord Jesus Christ had made him whole spiritually as well, in both body and soul. His FAITH had made him whole!


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 his salvation. Ephesians 2:8, “For by grace are ye saved through faith….”


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).


By J.E. 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 E. 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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