Gratitude to Salvation!
Gratitude to Salvation!
Intro: Daley’s card - she remembered and took the time to thank us.
The path of Jesus is deliberate. He is heading for Jerusalem along the border. Many Jews, many Samaritans.
Jesus becomes all things to all people and all feel welcome to approach him.
ten men who had leprosy met him
Lepers are quarantine, live in isolation, but these 10 are together.
Bonded by their common cross - leprosy.
The leprosy united the Jews and at least the 1 Samaritan.
Have you ever been stranded with some strangers?
“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” (maybe closer as a group)
The occurrences of a miracle: (observations)
1. A common difficulty unifies people
Example: I like to take people on tough campus trips to bond as a staff team. Way better than eating a fancy dinner together.
- These 10 men, some Jews and at least 1 a Samaritan hung out together.
“Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
These 10 cry out to Jesus in a similar way…. nothing to loose.
2. Unity and desperation bring courage
2 Kings 7:3-4
It’s biblical. No ask, no answer.
What’s the answer? “Go, show yourselves to the priests.”
3. Jesus gives a challenge of faith in action?
Showing themselves to the priests is Levitical law so they could be pronounced clean and be allowed back into the village.
But why go before they were healed?
Remember the army commander, Naaman?
2 Kings 5:10
This made no sense to him.
He was angry, but fortunate for him, he obeyed and was healed.
Why does Jesus invite people to act on his word?
He can do any miracle with a word…
1. Shows humility (surrendering my own ways)
2. Shows willingness. (I’ll make an effort)
3. Shows faith (I’ll try something that doesn’t makes sense to me)
Example: Going to AA was my admission of powerlessness. (1st step)
“And as they went, they were cleansed.”
4. Blind obedience ignites miraculous power
The lepers had to “go” to ignite the power of the miracle.
“Faith without works is dead.”
God calls us to take him at his word.
“Lean not on your own understanding…”
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.
5. The grateful returns and publicly praises God
Must have been right away… if Jesus was still there.
(10%) A Samaritan
* The others went on to the priests to resume life inside the town.
* The Samaritan, though united with them in sickness, now was excluded.
“Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” (just the Samaritan)
Wait… but he was already healed.
“…as they went, they were cleansed.” (All)
Was there something more for coming back?
6. Jesus calls this public praise to God an act of faith
Why does Jesus call this faith?
“…came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him…”
Jesus could see the guy’s heart.
Thief on the cross and others repent in very different ways, but it's the heart that counts.
7. The thankful Samaritan is saved by faith
“Made you well…” translated means ‘spiritually whole’ probably means ‘saved’.
The 9 were healed of leprosy, but might still have been lost spiritually.
Can people receive God’s mercy without his salvation? Certainly.
Almost like this verse was written to them.
It’s possible for the Samaritan (and maybe for us too)