Summary: In this text, Jesus reveals how prevelant ungratefulness is among religious people.
Today many people will be celebrating what is called; "Thanksgiving Day." Parade goers will fill the streets. People will fill their yards with lavish eating and drinking. The smell of barbecue sauce will permeates the air. It is a tragedy that this day like most others have become nothing but a mere festival. It has been reduced to football, family and feasting. Yet many believers find themselves caught in the middle, not knowing what to do. On "Thanksgiving Day" our churches are occupied with only a few who have the right perspective on gratitude. Many stay on home and prepare for the day with no sense of guilt. They seem to presume that God’s blessing are rightfully theirs by merit. Those who are truly blessed realize that God’s bountiful bestowals are a derivation of His mercy and sovereignty. The truly grateful are the truly saved. All blessings accepted should be expressed in gratitude returned. Anything less is illmannered. God is at the very heart of all thankfulness. Apart from God, gratitude is simply attitude. All wholesome gratitude must find its origin in creation. It must be kindled by an understanding of the incarnation of Christ who for our sins shed His blood at calvary. It is finally culminated in the joyful indwelling of God through the person of His Holy Spirit in us. Gratitude must began and end in God.
In the words of our text, Jesus Encounters Ten Lepers. Immediately we see several things:
A. REPREHENSIBLENESS (TEN men who were lepers)
1. Leprosy was a terrible disease.
2. The person was quarantine.
3. Every where he went he had to yell (unclean)
4. He wore his clothes in a torn fashion.
5. He covered his lips/mustache.
6. The only person he could go near was another leper.
7. If the leprosy went into remission, the priest was only one who could validate such an apparent remission.
B. REMOVAL (which stood afar off)
A. REQUEST (they lifted up their voices, seeking mercy)They knew their illness was incurable, so they sought only mercy. They had no idea that their request was directed to Dr. Cure-ALL.
B. RECOGNITION (saying Jesus, Master)
A. RESULTS (as they went, they were cleansed)
A. REASON (ONE of them,when he saw that he was healed)
B. RETURN (turned back)
A. RECEPTION (he fell at Jesus’s feet, thanking Him)
A. RECOLLECTION (TEN were cleansed, where are the NINE)
A. RELIGIOUS ungratefulness (NINE Religious Jews healed, ONE stranger returned)
A. REWARD (thy faith hath made thee WHOLE) (the others were only healed)
Secondly, What Causes The Spirit of Ingratitude?
A. People place more emphasis on the supply rather than the source.
B. Too many so called good people in the church. Imagine the church filled with real converted sinners. Those who know the difference between darkness and the marvelous light. Those who knew that they were en route to hell but for Divine interruption.....
C. Too many habitual complainers.
D. People who do not see God’s blessings.
E. Those who think they have a right to God’s goodness.