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Summary: Fours reasons to be thankful as illustrated by the ten lepers who were cleansed.

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Why Should I Be Thankful?

Luke 17:11-19

Introduction

Illustration: Things To Be Thankful For

* for automatic dishwashers. They make it possible to get out of the kitchen before the family comes in for their after-dinner snacks.

* for husbands who attack small repair jobs around the house. They usually make them big enough to call in professionals.

* for the bathtub -- the one place the family allows Mom some time to herself.

* for children who put away their things and clean up after themselves. They’re such a joy you hate to see them go home to their own parents.

* for gardening. It’s a relief to deal with dirt outside the house for a change.

* for teenagers. They give parents an opportunity to learn a second language.

* for smoke alarms. They let you know when the turkey’s done.

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I. I SHOULD BE THANKFUL BECAUSE JESUS SAVES SINNERS. Luke 17:12

A. I Didn’t Seek Him; He Sought Me. Romans 3:10-18

Illustration: Pursued by the Atoning Love

One evening a woman was driving home when she noticed a huge truck behind her that was driving uncomfortably close. She stepped on the gas to gain some distance from the truck, but when she sped up the truck did too. The faster she drove, the faster drove the truck.

Now scared, she exited the freeway. But the truck stayed with her. The woman then turned up a main street, hoping to lose her pursuer in traffic. But the truck ran a red light and continued the chase.

Reaching the point of panic, the woman whipped her car into a service station and bolted out of her auto screaming for help. The truck driver sprang from his truck and ran toward her car. Yanking the back door open, the driver pulled out a man hidden in the backseat.

The woman was running from the wrong person. From his high vantage point, the truck driver had spotted a would-be rapist in the woman’s car. The chase was not his effort to harm her but to save her even at the cost of his own safety.

Likewise, many people run from God’s provision of atonement on the cross, fearing what He might do to them. But His plans are for good not evil--to rescue us from the hidden sins that endanger our lives. (James S. Hewett, Illustrations Unlimited (Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, 1988) p. 37.)

1. I was dead in trespasses and sins. Ephesians 2:1,4-7

2. I was enslaved to sin. Romans 6:17; John 8:34

3. My mind was blinded to the gospel by the “god of this world.” 2 Corinthians 4:4

B. I Didn’t Call Him; He Called Me. Mark 2:16-17; Romans 8:30

1. He chose me before the foundation of the world. Ephesians 1:4

2. He called me out of my sin and sanctified me for His service. 1 Corinthians 6:11; Titus 3:4-7

3. He justified me by His blood and made me an heir. Romans 5:8-10; Romans 8:16-17

II. I SHOULD BE THANKFUL BECAUSE GOD EXTENDS MERCY. Luke 17:13-14

A. In His Love And Kindness He Does Not Deal With Me According To Justice. Titus 3:3-7

Illustration: Billy Graham’s Speeding Ticket

When Billy Graham was driving through a small southern town, he was stopped by a policeman and charged with speeding. Graham admitted his quilt, but was told by the officer that he would have to appear in court.


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