Summary: A thanksgiving message about the 10 lepers and the one who got it.
Title: Somebody, Got It!
Theme: To show the importance of giving thanks unto the Lord.
Text: Luke 17:11-19
Luke 17:11-19 Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. (Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem-John 11 tells us of the events on this journey) (12) Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers (we learn later that there was a mixture of Jews and Samaritans, normally this would not happen but this disease drew them together) , who stood afar off. (This is what they were required to do) (13) And they lifted up their voices and said, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!" (Master- superintendent, overseer, controller, Peter in Luke 5:5 fishing called Jesus Master, this later changed to "depart from me for I am a sinful man they had faith that he was the healer but not their savior) (14) So when He saw them, He said to them, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." (Why did Jesus have them do this? In other times he just touched them or spoke and they were healed, maybe Jesus wanted them to be a witness, obviously the priest had rejected them, everything was taken from them because of this disease, their work, their family, their friends, their worship, The Jews saw this disease as a curse from God) And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. (even before they got to the priest, almost as if turning and taking the journey, faith always entails action-James "faith without works is dead")(you could imagine what it was like at this moment for them) (15) And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, (Where did the others go? They were occupied with life. Maybe one went to the family, another to the temple)(16) and fell down on his face at His feet,(notice the posture, surrender in worship)
giving Him thanks (not only with posture but with words).
1 Thessalonians 5:16-19 Rejoice always, (17) pray without ceasing, (18) in everything give thanks (Philippians 4:6 “be anxious for nothing but in everything give thanks”); for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (19) Do not quench the Spirit.
Revelation – speaking of praise they continually give thanks in heaven.
Psalms 100:1-5 A Psalm of Thanksgiving. Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! (2) Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. (3) Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. (4) Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. (5) For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.
And he was a Samaritan.
Samaritans Who Got It
Luke emphasizes here that this man was a Samaritan. As you know the Samaritans were not liked by the Jews. They were considered compromisers and the Jewish, religious people had wanted to separate themselves from them. Yet Jesus had a tendency to emphasize their faithfulness and wiliness to do what was right. Why
The Good Samaritan – Too Religious to help
In Luke 10 -- the story of the good Samaritan -- it’s a despised foreigner -- once again a Samaritan who acts more in accordance with the intention of God’s law -- who “gets it.”
Two Jewish leaders, on the other hand, who are acting in accordance with the cultural and religious practices of their time -- people who needed to avoid defiling themselves through an encounter with human blood and possibly death -- doing all the right things to uphold the rules -- don’t “get it.”
God is not interested in how religious you are. How busy you are doing his work. The question is are you willing to stop and help someone on the side of the road.
The Woman at the well – True worship
God is not interested on where you worship, what style of music you worship to. Where did this idea of worship wars come from in the first place? He is interested in your heart of worship.
Worship in spirit and truth.
God saved us not for our purpose but for his.
Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, (9) not of works, lest anyone should boast. (10) For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.