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Summary: Jesus expects us to respond when we have encountered Him.

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Encountering Jesus

Responding to an Encounter with Jesus

Luke 17:11-19

INTRODUCTION

When I was in the Untied States coast Guard I was asked to speak on Boating Safety at an elementary school. I taught on things life the importance of wearing a life jacket, not riding on the bow of the boat where you could fall off and be hurt. It was a lot of fun and after the event the kids demonstrated that they had been impacted by the event by sending me thank you notes with lessons they had learned.

I received pictures of boats underway on the water with a little tiny stick figure riding on the bow that was captioned, "Look at me I'm stupid."

Other drawings depicted individual wearing their PFD's--personal floatation devices.

These children had encountered a Boating Safety Instructor. They had had been challenged by him. And they were responding in a way that demonstrated they had been changed.

T.S. These children were responding to their encounter with Boating Safety Instructor with an appropriate response. In a similar way every time we have an encounter with the forgiver, with the savior of our lives, we should be responding in an appropriate way.

More than that. . .

 Jesus expects us to respond when we have encountered Him.

T.S. In Luke 17, is the story of 10 individuals who an incredible dynamic encounter Jesus, let's look at how they respond to that encounter. Turn with me this morning to Luke 17.

* Luke is the Gospel to the Gentiles, to the Greeks, it is written by a Greek physician and it records the greatest number of miracles.

* This morning we have his account of the miraculous healing of 10 individuals.

Luke 17:11-19

11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee.

12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance

13 and called out in a loud voice, "Jesus, Master, have pity on us!"

14 When he saw them, he said, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were cleansed.

15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice.

16 He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him-- and he was a Samaritan.

17 Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?

18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?"

19 Then he said to him, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well."

(NIV)

 Jesus expects us to respond when we have encountered Him.

I. A TRUE ENCOUNTER WITH JESUS LEADS TO A TURNING POINT Vs. 11-14

Ill: In the service we once witnessed to my room mate a confirmed alcoholic. He made every indication that he was beginning a relationship with Jesus, but his life never changed. There was no turning point.

12-14 They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, "Jesus, Master, have pity on us!"

When he saw them, he said, "Go, show yourselves to the priests."

A. Cry out to him in despair.

* Leprosy is a chronic, infectious disease characterized by sores, scabs, and white shining spots beneath the skin.


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