Luke 17:11-19 THANKFUL
Thanksgiving Day – A Worthy door keeper to the Holiday Season. First held in
1611 after the winter of 1610 had reduced the number of settlers from 406 to
60. They prayed for help and God
answered in the form of a ship filled with food and supplies from England. They thanked Him! In 1621, another band of 46 Puritans and 91
Native Americans held a special day of thanksgiving to praise the Lord for a
bountiful harvest. The previous winter
had reduced their number from 102 to 46. We may wonder what they had to be
thankful for: they were thankful for grace!
Ill. Washington called
for a national day of thanksgiving in 1789.
Lincoln established that the last
Thursday of November would be a day of thanksgiving in America. Congress finally settled the day on the
fourth Thursday in November as the official day of thanksgiving here in America.
had better enjoy it while we can! The
infidels of the world are after the Pledge of Allegiance; “In God We Trust”;
Christmas, and the Ten Commandments; Thanksgiving Day can’t be too far
what are you thankful for these days?
Most of the time, our thanksgiving is for material and physical
things. We are grateful for financial
help and physical health. Or, like the
nine men in our text, we are thankful for nothing.
Our text presents us with a man who shows us where the real cause for
thanksgiving lies. It is good to be
thankful for the material and the physical, but there are some things more
valuable than that. I would like to examine this man’s story today and show
you a man who is Thankful
For Grace. My prayer is that
God will help us to see the real reason for thanksgiving.
v. 11-13 A TRAGIC CONGREGATION
Their Condition Ill. Leprosy! Lev. 13:3 – Deeper than skin Rom. 3:23 | 13:7 Spreads Gal. 6:7 | 13:44-45 Defiles Ill.
Achan, Josh. 7 | and David, 2 Sam. 11 | 13:46 – Isolates Isa. 59:2 | 13:52 Destines for the fire Psa. 9:17. Leprosy defiled;
all who were afflicted by it! It is a clear picture of sin and its affects on
humanity! (Ill. 9 Jews and 1 Samaritan – Made
equal in their affliction, Rom. 3:22.
Sin great leveler!) Have you been delivered from sin?
Their Cry Ill. Had heard about Him
Bartimaeus; Woman with issue; bowed woman; Jairus’ daughter; Demoniacs, blind,
fed multitudes, etc.) Cried out in faith – “Master = Chief
Commander They recognized His power and His authority to heal.
(Ill. They did what the
sinner needs to do! Cry out to Jesus,
He is the only One Who has the power to deliver the lost person from his sins!
Acts 4:12; John 14:6; Acts 16:31; ***Matt.
11:28*** - “Come unto ME! Have
you called on Him?
14 A TREMENDOUS COMPASSION Under the Law, they deserved
nothing! They were all under a death warrant! Jesus owed them nothing, but when
they met Him, they met grace!
His Perception He
saw far more than their outward condition; He saw the deepest needs of their
hearts. He wanted to do more than heal
their bodies! Ill. Many think they need money, health,
things, etc. Jesus knows you need
salvation! He sees you like you are, Heb. 4:13. What does He see when He looks at you?
His Plan Do it Gods
way Ill. Lev. 14. That’s still how it is
done! There is only one way to God and
His name is Jesus, John 14:6; 1 John
5:12. God’s plan is for you to bow and call on Jesus for salvation! Have
you done that?
His Power As soon
as they turned and obeyed the Lords command, they were healed! Every sign of their disease disappeared from
their bodies! (Ill.
That is what Jesus does for all that come to Him! Ill. Paul – Acts 7-9; 1 Tim. 1:12-15.) (Ill.
Meeting Jesus changes everything – 2
Cor. 5:17; Eph. 2:1-4! Ill. What this meant for
a leper. Ill. What it means for a sinner! Reconciliation,
Salvation, Adoption, Heaven, etc!) (Ill. The instant faith is exercised, salvation
is accomplished – Rom. 10:9; 13.
doesn’t take all day!
v. 15-19 A THANKFUL CONVERT (Ill. 10 are healed, only one returns to give
thanks to Jesus for His grace.)
His Realization He
realized 2 things. 1. He had been healed, and; 2. He did not need to go to the Temple, he was a
Samaritan. The Law had no authority over
him! He came back and thanked Jesus for what He had done for him. The 9 were
out to honor the Law; this man knew that he had met grace!
His Rejoicing Ill. PIM
He kept on praising the Lord! No
If it ever dawns on us all that the Lord has done for us, we will be hard
to handle! (Ill.
He is worthy of our praise! But, we
are far behind in that department! We
need to take the time to be thankful for His grace in our lives – Ill. Heb.
13:15; Psa. 32:11; 33:1; 40:1-3; 47:1; 132:9; 135:1-3 Do you see a pattern
developing? God inhabits the praises of His people Psa. 22:3!
Conc: No wonder the old boy came back and said “Thank you!” and praised
the Lord. But, can you hear the
heartbreak in the voice of Jesus as He says “but where are the nine? There should have been ten men bowing in
thanksgiving instead of one. All ten had
experienced God’s providence in bringing Jesus by; Christ’s compassion and love
in healing them; and His power that made them whole.
Ill. Something happened in this man’s heart as well as in
his body – Ill.
whole = “save Ten got new bodies; one got a
new heart! He was thankful for grace!
How thankful are we for the greatest gift of all: the amazing grace of
God that set us free from our sins? He is here if you need salvation, forgiveness,
to say “Thank You. Dont break His heart be thankful for the great
things He has done in your heart!