7700 - Thank You


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In our lesson for today we find Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem. This is his last trip to Jerusalem. He’s on his way to Passover. In Jerusalem he will soon be crucified.

Today we will look at Luke 17: verses 11-19:

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? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?"

Then he said to him, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well."

In these last few months Jesus has chosen to minister outside of Jerusalem. He has ministered to many crowds in the area of Perea, east of the Jordan.

He has made one quick trip to Jerusalem just weeks before in order to raise Lazarus from the dead, but soon left the city. The religious leaders in Jerusalem had been plotting how they could take the life of Jesus.

Make no mistake, Jesus knew he was to be crucified as the atoning sacrifice for sin, and he knew this was to be during Passover. So he was waiting for the proper time to go to Jerusalem.

On this trip Jesus came to a place where ten men, all afflicted by leprosy were standing together. Lepers were required to keep at a distance from people.

No doubt they had heard about Jesus and his miraculous healings. When they learned that Jesus was passing by they cried out in a loud voice: “Jesus, Master, have pity on us.”

Jesus did not even touch them. He gave an order: “Go show yourselves to the priests.” When leprosy was healed on a person, the Law required that they present themselves to a priest for examination. if examination revealed healing then the priest would declare this person cleansed. After that they could reenter society.

The faith of these men was evidenced as they obeyed Jesus. As they went their leprosy was cleared up. It disappeared. Their flesh was healed. That is a strong testimony of their faith in Jesus.

Although all ten were healed only one was grateful enough to return and thank Jesus.

This man was a Samaritan. These people were not pure-blooded Jews. Centuries prior, the Assyrians had imported captured people into Samaria who had intermarried with the Samaritans. Because of this the Jewish people despised them. But this Samaritan was the only one of the ten to come back and give thanks to Jesus. There’s a message for us in this record. It is possible to receive great gifts from God with an ungrateful heart. The other nine of these did so.

But only grateful people are able to grow in their relationship with God. God is pleased with the people who express thanks to Him. God pours out his grace upon all people in different ways. But the recipient must as an act of self-will chose to give thanks and express appreciation to God.

This Samaritan was such a person. Jesus noticed this appreciative man, and he questioned where the other nine had gone.

The healed man got more than he had asked for. His body was healed as he asked, but his heart had been changed by his encounter with Jesus Christ.

Christian are commanded by God ( 1 Thes. 5:18kj): “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

Giving thanks shows not only a heart of gratitude for God’s wonderful grace, but it also shows an obedient heart toward God in following his commands. These two character traits blend together to cause growth in the life of a Christian.