An Attitude of Gratitude
Luke 17:11-19 KJV
Expectation v. 11-13
Expression v. 14-16
Exception v. 17-19
And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. 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. 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.
He lived from 1865 to 1936. He was English, yet born in Bombay, India. He wrote poetry and is the author of books like Captain Courageous, How the Leopard Got His Spots, and The Jungle Books. Who was this man? Rudyard Kipling. Kipling’s writings not only made him famous but also brought him a fortune. A newspaper reporter came up to him once and said, “Mr. Kipling, I just read that somebody calculated that the money you make from your writings amounts to over one hundred dollars a word.” The reporter reached into his pocket and pulled out a one hundred-dollar bill and gave it to Kipling and said, “Here’s a one hundred dollar bill, Mr. Kipling. Now you give me one of your hundred dollar words.” Rudyard Kipling looked at the money, put it in his pocket and said, “Thanks!”
- Let us reflect on what we are truly thankful for
- If we are honest a lot of it is material things
- As we will see in scripture however
- We have much to be thankful for
- Your health
- Your job
- Your family
- That is the greatest riches on earth
And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten that were lepers, which stood afar off:And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
- 1. And it came to pass,
- With Jesus it always does!
- 2. As he went to Jerusalem,
- On His way to die for all yet He was still at work
- Between Luke 17:10 and 11, the events of John 11 occurred as the Lord Jesus made His way to Jerusalem.
- T1/10/10he raising of Lazarus at Bethany, near Jerusalem (John 11) appears to fit into this timeframe. John 11:54 states that after raising Lazarus, to avoid the authorities who were seeking to kill Him, Christ went to “a city called Ephraim”—N of Jerusalem near the border of Samaria. From there he apparently traveled N through Samaria and Galilee
- At the border of Samaria and Judea, 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).
- Jesus used this event to teach a lesson about gratitude to God.
- 3. Passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.
- The fact that Christ was going to do this miracle in Samaria is significant.
- The Samaritans were hated and despised
- The 10 Northern tribes fell to Assyrians in 722–721 b.c. Most of the leading citizens of the Northern Kingdom were deported to places in Syria, Assyria, and Babylonia.
- Sargon replaced the deported Israelites with foreign colonists (2 Kin. 17:24). These new-comers intermarried among the Israelites who remained in Samaria
- So the Samaritans were a “mixed race” contaminated by foreign blood and false worship.
- The Jewish historian Josephus indicates that the Samaritans were also opportunists.
- When the Jews enjoyed prosperity, the Samaritans were quick to acknowledge their blood relationship. But when the Jews suffered hard times, the Samaritans disowned any such kinship, declaring that they were descendants of Assyrian immigrants.
- 4. And as he entered into a certain village,
- He entered (When He enters people notice)
- When He enters a church people notice
- When He enters a home people notice
- When He enters your heart people will notice
- 5. There met him ten that were lepers,
- Leprous (Today’s AIDS or Ebola)
- These men were ceremonially defiled and forced to live outside the village (Lev. 13:46; Num. 5:2, 3).
- They were legally required to stand at a distance, and thus their communication with Christ was by shouting.
- 6. Which stood afar off:
- Afar off (They had to be separated)
- When you are lost you are separated from God
- Because you are not in the right legal standing
- The disease of Sin has afar off from God
- You must be justified through Jesus Christ
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for all have sinned.
- Not sins that we commit
- But that we inherited
- We are all descendant of Adam
- Therefore separated from God
- And cursed with a disease
- You may be physically healthy
- But spiritually dead
- 7. And they lifted up their voices,
- Their voices (They had one thing in common)
- They were in need of healing
- Their common misery drawing these poor outcasts together, making them forget the fierce national antipathy of Jew and Samaritan
- Misery loves company
- They were willing to call out to Jesus
For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
- We must confess with our moths that we are in need of healing
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.
- 8. And said, Jesus,
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
- Who are you turning too
- Can they give you what you really need
- 9. Master,
- Elsewhere only Jesus’ disciples used the term “Master” to address him
- Whereas nondisciples used the term teacher
- These men new that he was much more than a great teacher
- The word translated “master” is the same one Peter used (Luke 5:5) and means “chief commander.”
- They knew that Jesus was totally in command of even disease and death, and they trusted Him to help them.
- Is Jesus just a good teacher to you
- Or is He your master
- 10. Have mercy
- Grace is the removal of guilt for sin
- Mercy is the removal of the consequences of sin
- These men not only needed to be changed
- They wanted to be changed
- 11. On us.
- Us (They were all alike. Jew & Gentile)
- It is funny that it take tragedy to bring people together
- They were concerned for each other
During a retirement party for Larry Bird in Boston Garden, former Celtics coach K.C. Jones told of diagramming a play on the sidelines, only to have Bird dismiss it saying: “Get the ball to me and everyone get out of my way.” Jones responded, “I’m the coach, and I call the plays.” Then Jones turned to the other players and said, “Get the ball to Larry, and get out of his way.”
- Jesus is calling the play
- He wants you to call to Him
- Give Him your life
- And to get out of the way
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. 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
- 1. And when he saw them,
- Jesus sees what you are in need of today
- Forgiveness of sin
- 2. He said unto them, Go
- Jesus was giving them a command
- He has give us commands
- To be born again
- To go and make disciples
- The live holy and righteous lives
- To be part of a local body
- To be baptized
- To learn His word
- What is Jesus telling you to do
- 3. Shew yourselves unto the priests.
- Jesus chose to heal the lepers in a different way rather than to reach out and touch them (which Jesus had done before, Luke 5:13),
- He instructed the men to go to their respective priests.
- They were not yet healed.
- They were to go in obedience, and if they thought about it, they would probably have reasoned that Jesus must intend to heal them, for they were to go to the priest to be pronounced clean (cf. Leviticus 14).
- 4. And it came to pass,
- Everything that Jesus said came to pass
- 5. That, as they went, they were cleansed.
- As they went (Action)
- They obeyed
- Were cleansed
- The healing was sudden and immediately visible,
- But occurred after they obeyed His command.
- 6. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed,
- The Samaritan responded to his healing by doing four things
- 7. Turned back,
- He returned to Jesus
- When we are saved we should return to Jesus daily
- Turn from our former way
- Turn from things of this world
- Turn to Jesus
- Where are you turning
- 8. And with a loud voice glorified God,
- He glorified God
- With his mouth With his actions
- We should be bring glory to God
- 9. And fell down on his face at his feet,
- He was willing to humble himself before Jesus and the world
- He was also show reverence for Jesus
- We need to humble ourselves be God and the world
- We need to show reverence for God, His house and His ways
- 10. Giving him thanks:
- His response was reminiscent of the conduct of Naaman
2 Kings 5:15
And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant.
- When I got save, made clean
- I knew that there was no other God
- The others, eager to be declared clean so that they could return to normal life in society, evidently continued on to the priest, forgetting to give thanks.
- Are you truly thankful today for what God has done for you
- 11. And he was a Samaritan
- The least likely of the bunch to give thanks
- A Jew had changed him
- And he was thankful for it
When Christian Herter was governor of Massachusetts, he was running hard for a second term in office. One day, after a busy morning chasing votes (and no lunch) he arrived at a church barbecue. It was late afternoon and Herter was famished. As Herter moved down the serving line, he held out his plate to the woman serving chicken. She put a piece on his plate and turned to the next person in line. “Excuse me,” Governor Herter said, “do you mind if I have another piece of chicken?” “Sorry,” the woman told him. “I’m supposed to give one piece of chicken to each person.” “But I’m starved,” the governor said. “Sorry,” the woman said again. “Only one to a customer.” Governor Herter was a modest and unassuming man, but he decided that this time he would throw a little weight around. “Do you know who I am?” he said. “I am the governor of this state.”
“Do you know who I am?” the woman said. “I’m the lady in charge of the chicken. Move along, mister.”
- In order to receive
- One must summit to authority
- Submission means responding
- In order to receive what Christ has for you
- You most first do as He commands
- Many times we hold our plate out wanting more
- When we truly have not obeyed in the first place
- Let’s bring something to Jesus
- Let’s praise Him
- For what He has done
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.
- 1. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?
- Where were the others (Where are all those who claim the are Christians
- There are not found that returned to give glory to God,
- Give glory (True Christians give glory to God)
- Many can not be found today that claim to be Christians
- 2. Save this stranger
- Except (We were all foreigners at one time)
Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
In one episode of the TV cartoon show, “The Simpson’s,” the young brat, Bart, is asked to say grace. He prays, “Dear God, we paid for all this stuff ourselves, so thanks
- Who says TV dose not reflect our culture
- We are to often ungrateful
- We are like Bart
- Thinking we done it our selves
- 3. And he said unto him, Arise,
- We need to arise, stand tall, stand firm
- 4. Go thy way:
- We need to Go into the world as changed people
- 5. Thy faith hath made thee whole.
- Whole (Saved, other healed not saved)
From a primary sos (contraction for obsolete saoz, “safe”); TDNT – 7:965,1132; v
AV – save 93, make whole 9, heal 3, be whole 2, misc 3; 110
1) to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction
1b1a) to deliver from the penalties of the Messianic judgment
J. Edgar Hoover adds his experienced appraisal: “The professional law enforcement officer is convinced from experience that the hardened criminal has been and is deterred from killing based on the prospect of the death penalty.
- He was wrong
- We have more on death row than ever before
- It is not the fear of death that will change a person
- It is the love of Jesus
- His love for you
- Your love for Him
- We were all sentenced to death
- But He paid the penalty
- One must be will to accept THE gift
- And show your gratitude
- Baptism, Church membership, Life
What has God heeled you from & how are you showing your graditude????