Summary: Thanksgiving or Advent reminder to be grateful as believers.
Intro: A man stood writing at the post office counter one day when an older man shuffled up to him with a postcard in his hand.“Sir,” the older man said, “would you please address this postcard for me?”
The first man gladly consented, and wrote what the older man dictated to him, and even signed the man’s name to the postcard. When he finished, he extended the postcard and asked, “Is there anything else I can do for you?”
The old fellow looked at the card, thought for a moment, and then answered, “Yes. At the end, could you just put ‘P.S. Please excuse the sloppy handwriting!” I suppose we have all had to perform a thankless task. How does it make you feel when it happens? In today’s lesson we realize the importance of remembering to return and give thanks.
Prop: In Lk. 17:11-21 we’ll notice 3 important aspects of thanksgiving.
BG: 1. This event takes place during the winter of third year of ministry in region of Perea.
2. Is a great example of an individual’s commitment to thank Christ for work in life.
3. Thanksgiving as a national holiday is about more than what Brooks Simpson entitled the three “F’s” – Food, family, and football. It’s about a faith that is marked by gratitude.
Prop: Ex. Lk. 17 with me today as we learn 3 lessons re: thanksgiving and gratitude.
I. The Condition of the Lepers Wasn’t Something that Naturally Elicited Thanksgiving. Vv.11-12
A. The Illness of these Lepers Weighed Heavily Upon them.
1. Due to their Condition these Lepers lived a terrible existence.
a. There is no one here today who would have willingly exchanged his/her lot in life with this band of lepers. You may have your health concerns and I certainly would not make light of them. However, thankfully, very few of us will ever have such a disfiguring death sentence that we will carry in our bodies as these ten men did. Old Testament Law (Lev. 13:45ff) forbade their intimate contact with people in society. They often live solitary lives, isolated from others, or else they were forced to live in isolated, communal settings where all normal social barriers were removed (cf. Num. 5:1-3). It seems in this context that the lepers were made up of Jews and Samaritans. The rabbis assert that this was a divine illness sent by God on sinners (cf. II Kgs. 5:25-27; 15:5; II Chr. 26:16-23).hoveled together in unsanitary circumstances where they could see their fate in the faces of their friends.
b. Don’t think that the importance of this miracle was lost on Luke, a physician, who records this event. Both Mt.(8) and Mark (1) recorded Jesus’ healing of lepers earlier in His ministry, but here we see 10 at once, and in an area of larger Gentile populations – don’t forget Luke was writing to a Gentile to assure him of the validity of faith in Christ. Jesus Christ loved Jew and Gentile alike. We are in fact, one in Christ!
2. Determining to Give Thanks is a Choice of the Will in Life we must all make.