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*Luke 17:11-19*
*Thank You, God.*
v    Opening Illustration
Many years ago, a boat was wrecked in a storm on Lake Michigan near Evanston, Illinois.
Students from Northwestern University formed themselves into rescue teams.
One student, Edward Spencer, saved seventeen people from the sinking ship.
Years later, R. A. Torrey was talking about this incident at a meeting in Los Angeles, and a man in the audience called out that Edward Spencer was present.
Dr. Torrey invited Spencer to the platform.
An old man with white hair slowly climbed the steps as the applause rang.
Dr. Torrey asked him if anything in particular stood out in his mem­ory.
He replied "Only this, of the seventeen people I saved, not one of them thanked me.
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v    There is a disease as old as time
Ø     Ingratitude
§        It is a disease that displays the depravity of the human heart
§        It is a disease that lays bear the self-absorption humanity is born with
§        It is a disease that makes people forget what they are given
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v    In our text today, it is not 17, but 10 who are saved from a terrible life of pain and loneliness
Ø     Yet only one returns to say simply…
§        Thank you…God
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11-13 ~~ A Cry of Mercy*
v    Jesus making his way to Jerusalem
Ø     Since early in Luke, that is his goal
§        A large portion of Luke is taken up with Jesus’ walk toward his death (9-19)
·        9:51 ~~ After Peters confession
¨     “Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem”
Ø     That is what Luke wants us to concentrate on
Ø     That is what Luke’s Gospel is all about
§        Christ’s atoning death on the cross
·        So here
¨     Luke reminds us of that
¨     And we need reminding!
v    On his way into a village, 10 lepers met him
Ø     Not unusual
§        According to the Law…
·        The ritually unclean (i.e.
lepers) had to stay away from the “clean” people
¨     Why?
Ø     A Physical reminder of a spiritual reality
§        visual reminder to the people of God that they were a separate and holy people
§        That no unclean thing was to be among them
·        Purity
·        Separated-ness
v    These lepers obeyed the Law and stayed out of the town and away from people
Ø     In fact, they stood at a distance from Jesus and cried out to him
§        “Jesus, master, have pity on us!”
·        And in their cry we see Knowledge, Faith and Hope
¨     *Knowledge* of who he was
Ø     They called him “Jesus”
§        Jesus’ healing reputation had obviously preceded him!
¨     They cried out in *Faith*, “Master”
Ø     They ascribed to Jesus authority
§        And that is what we do when we put our faith in Jesus
·        We give Jesus “authority” in and over our lives
¨     *LORD* and savior
Ø     Lordship of Jesus in your life is very important
§        Many people want a savior, but not a “Lord” or “master”
¨     And *Hope* in what he could do
Ø     Heal them
Let’s look at Jesus’ reaction to them…
14 ~~ A Leap of Faith*
v    Jesus did not approach the lepers as he did in chapter 5
Ø     Remember…
§        Touched leper and said…
·        “Be clean”
v    This was different
Ø     He spoke from afar and told them to go and show themselves to the priests
§        According to Levitical Law…explain
·        Jesus told them to believe in him
¨     They would be healed
Ø     Essentially what Jesus was saying to the Lepers was…*Trust Me*
§        You simply have to take me at my word…Trust me
§        Turn in another direction and go…Trust me
§        You are not healed right now, but Trust me
v    This is a perfect picture of salvation, isn’t it?
Ø     Jesus calls to us from afar, doesn’t he
§        Turn and go to the ultimate high priest Jesus Christ
§        You will be healed of that spiritual disease called sin
Ø     He speaks to us from his Word (The Scriptures) and says…Trust me
§        Jesus asks us to Trust him for eternal salvation
Ø     He asks us to turn in a different direction than we are going
§        That is what repentance means
·        To turn 180 degrees
Ø     He asks us to follow where he is going…Trust Me
§        Sometimes into the valley of the shadow of death
Ø     He tells us that we will not be healed immediately of the troubles, issues, scars and tribulations of life…But Trust Him!
§         We do not know how far the 10 lepers traveled until they were healed
·        But somewhere along the line they were healed
§        In fact, in our lives, many of those troubles will never go away…
·        But Jesus promises to be there with you through them
v    Simply put,
Ø     Just as Jesus asks the 10 lepers to turn and be healed….
§        Jesus asks each one of us to do the same
·        Turn and Trust Him
¨     Have you trusted Jesus for your salvation?
Ø     Have you put your trust in Jesus’ Word?
v    Amazingly enough…The lepers did!
Ø     That was what we would call A leap of Faith
§        They turned and started toward the temple to show themselves to the priests
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