Summary: At Thanksgiving we should be like the One Thankful Man (Leper)

One Thankful Man

Luke 17:11-19


Thanksgiving in the Bible

Mentioned 140 Times

Thankful David (Psalms 103)

Thankful Daniel (Daniel 6:10)

Thankful Paul (I Thess. 5:18)

Lessons on Thankfulness from a Leper

Jesus meets ten lepers

One of them will son be a thankful man


I. The Lepers Call to Jesus (vv. 12-13)

a. When Jesus saw the lepers

i. As He entered the village

ii. They stood afar off as was commanded (Lev. 13:46)

b. Leprosy pictures the sinful state of us all

c. “Jesus, Master, have mercy upon us”

i. Our Lord is rich in mercy

ii. His mercies are new every morning (Lam. 3:22-23)

iii. They have called on the right Man

II. The Lepers Cleansed by Jesus (v. 14)

a. Our Lord’s look of compassion: “when he saw them”

b. Jesus responded to their call

c. Why “Go, show yourselves to the priests”?

i. His commanded demanded faith

ii. The priest had authority to pronounce them clean

iii. Christ’s work stands the scrutiny of man

d. As they went they were cleansed

i. Their first step of faith brought cleansing

ii. Faith in Christ brings immediate cleansing from sin

e. Will you take that step?

III. The Leper Who was Thankful (vv. 15-16)

a. Upon being healed he came back to Jesus

i. He glorified God with a loud voice

ii. He fell down at the feet of Jesus

iii. He gave thanks

b. Why the leper gave thanks

i. He had been hopeless, now he had hope

ii. He had been homeless. Now he could go home

iii. He had been rejected, now he would be received

c. We ought to be as thankful as this cleansed leper

IV. The Lepers Who were Thoughtless (vv. 17-18)

a. Nine cleansed lepers went on their way

b. The say words of Jesus: “Where are the nine?”

c. How soon we forget the goodness of God


a. Jesus Commends a Thankful Man (v. 19)

b. Are we Thankful or Thoughtless

c. Our Gracious Lord Deserves Thanksgiving & Praise

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