Giving Thanks, Part 1 (Luke 17:11-19)Pastor Jared Shumate, November 18, 2018
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
When we ready the story of the lepers who were healed by Jesus, we often focus on the one who returned to give thanks to Jesus. We praise that man for his thankfulness. We place him on a pedestal as one who we strive to be more like. Maybe we scoff and ridicule the nine others who failed to return to give thanks to Jesus.
But, have you ever stopped to think that you, yourself are just like those lepers that day? Think about it. Think about who they were before they were healed. They were cursed and cast out from society. But then Jesus called out to them, gave them a commandment, and cleansed them. We imagine them running with excitement as they realize they were healed. There's so many things on their minds that they want to do. And then we see the one, convicted, returning to Christ to give Him the thanks He so greatly deserves.
We are in the same condition as those lepers. But which group of lepers are you a part of? The nine who get so caught up in their blessings that they forget to give thanks to the one who gave them? Or the one who returned to the Lord to thank Him?
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11And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 12And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: 13And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. 14And 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. 15And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. 17And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? 18There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. 19And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole. (KJV)