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                The Gospels in Harmony                                      Luke  17:11-19                     Sermon #337  Posted 3/20/21


The Gospels in Harmony   Sermon #337-31921              Luke 17:11-19

 

11  And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 
12  And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: 
13  And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. 
14  And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. 
15  And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, 
16  And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. 
17  And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? 
18  There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. 19  And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
Luke 17:11-19

     God’s grace is sufficient to do all things but is your humility great enough to be saved. 
16  Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end;
Deuteronomy 8:16
     Un-thankfulness is a true sign of the proud. They may be humble enough to ask for help but to proud to praise the ones who lift them. 
This story told in Luke gives us a very frightening look at the truth about many Christians or shall I say want to be Christians today. 
     The first thing we need to understand is that everyone is the recipient of God’s grace but not everyone is under His saving grace.
First there is common grace given to everyone who lives. The very fact that you are alive; breathing, functioning, productive and growing is proof of God’s grace. All things exist and survive because of the grace of God.
     Second, God is love. God wants everyone to believe in Him. He wants us to come and ask and see that He is good.
8  O taste and see that the Lord is good:
blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
Psalms 34:8
     God wants us to trust Him enough to try the faith that He has, by grace, given all of us. God wants us to come to know how much He loves us by being good to us. But His grace is not just for our wants and needs here and now. It is by the goodness of His grace that we should see how great He really is and humble ourselves at His feet through Christ Jesus to be saved. 
    Let's begin with our text and apply this knowledge to what Jesus is telling us. 
11  And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 
12  And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: 
13  And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
Luke 17:11-13
    Here we have Jesus taking the short cut to Jerusalem through Samaria and Galilee. Most Jews would rather circle around Samaria because the Samaritans were considered to be half breeds, dogs, even pagans. They were not of pure Hebrew lineage and through many generations a serious enmity toward them from the Jews had caused them to be looked down upon and chastised to the point of physical separation from them. 
    However, Jesus was exhibiting the power of God’s love for all men; the Jew first and then the gentile. Jesus had already encountered the woman at the well and had been taken in by these God fearing people that they may learn from Him about the presence of the Kingdom of God. He cared nothing about the divisions that men create among themselves but offered Himself to all who would come to hear and know Him.
     Ten lepers cried out to Jesus. Ten men knew that Jesus was walking with God. They believed He was a prophet of God and served God by healing the lame and the sick. His works had preceded Him and these men knew who He was when He drew near. Near enough to hear their cries yet they themselves stood afar off from the proximity of others. Jesus once again showed compassion and by the grace of God they were healed on the spot.
14  And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
Luke 17:14
    Looking upon these men exhibiting faith in Him, He gave them a command to show themselves to the priests to be declared clean. 
And as they turned to go they were healed of their leprosy.
They all had enough faith to be physically healed. They all had enough faith to ask for what they wanted right then. They all had enough faith to ask for a better future for the rest of their days. But only one was thankful. Only one was so thankful that he returned to the One who had healed him and humbled himself before Him in praise and worship.
     Now let's look at what we have.
9 out of 10 knew enough about Jesus to rise up and ask for the grace of God to be applied to them. They had enough faith in what they had heard about Jesus to ask in all sincerity to be healed. But when they received the blessing of healing they were so proud of their faith they continued on their way to be declared clean by a priest; a man. 
15  And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, 
16  And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
Luke 17:15-16
1 out of 10 had enough knowledge and faith in Jesus to ask in all sincerity but when he received his blessing he immediately came back to Jesus and praised God and assumed the position of humility while giving thanks to Jesus. He fell on his face! He physically lowered himself before Jesus in a showing of his respect for the power and presence of God. This man had a true reverence for God which the Bible proclaims as fear in a Christian.
     The end of verse 16 gives us even more information about this man. He was a Samaritan; a dog, a half breed, a pagan who was not allowed to associate with the Jews in their temple of worship. But Jesus had healed this man just the same.
    He next begins to answer this man’s actions and sincerity with questions that seem to be pointed at any and all who were near and witness to this event. 
17  And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? 
18  There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
Luke 17:17-18
     Ten men were physically cleansed because they believed God was present in Christ Jesus and they had the faith to ask for their immediate wants and needs.
One was so thankful that he returned to give himself in praise to God at the feet of Jesus. The fact that he was not a Jew was pointed out to the Jews who were present. Most likely the disciples of Jesus following with Him in His travels. The fact was also pointed out to show the Jews that humility in faith knows no boundary. Humility in faith has no limitations and is not owned by any group or nationality. It is the faith that God rewards with salvation to anyone who has it. 
19  And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
Luke 17:19
9 men were physically healed but one man was made whole!
9 men gloried in what their faith had got them now.
1 man humbled himself with praise for God and was cleansed both outside and inside. He was physically healed and spiritually healed. He was made whole because he worshipped God for blessing such a lowly servant as himself. 
While the others were already gone to show off what God had done for them. Show off what their faith had produced. God had become their servant because they had the faith to ask. 
Are you seeing the difference here?
    God will bless us that we may see who He really is. He wants us to know Him. He wants us to know His love in and through His blessings of grace toward us. Why? Because He wants our praise and worship in all sincerity.
However, most stop short of humility in all sincerity. They are too busy showing of what God has done for them because of their faith. 
     A humble man praises God because He is God. A proud man proclaims his righteousness because he came near to God. He comes to the door but does not answer.  He receives the blessing of God’s presence and power near him but does not give himself over in all sincerity. Why? Because that would require sincere humility and pride will not bow before God.
Pride boasts of faith in religion that points at God.
Humility does not boast in itself but boasts the power and presence of God through faith in Jesus Christ. God makes you whole when you lower yourself before Him. When you become the undeserving servant is when you become the rich and eternal child of God.
6  But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
James 4:6
10  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
James 4:10
6  Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
1 Peter 5:6

    I will add one more point that proves a Christian from a religious participant who is looking for an immediate fix.
Real Christians are so grateful for the sustaining hand of God they consider an abundance to be Gods will if He sees the need for it. Real Christians are so filled with joy because they live for Christ that anything above their maintenance becomes unnecessary but they are eternally grateful and thankful to be entrusted with it. They work hard and live well in the joy of the Lord. 
   When God pours His blessings out upon them they remain humble servants. They remain at His feet waiting for His commands in what to do for His glory. They remain thankful for everything they receive and remain humble knowing they are not deserving or owed anything from God. All the glory for their well being is His! AMEN!

Pastor Steven Freede
Cornerstone Independent Church Ministry
3/19/21

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