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Luke 17 - "Be the One"
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    1990 Norco Dr, Norco, CA 92860, USA
    Sunday 8:00 AM
The narrative begins with ten men who have the most dreaded disease of their day, leprosy.

· Leprosy is a hideous illness that affects the skin, eyes, nose, limbs and peripheral nerves.

· The initial pain of leprosy gives way to something more terrible than that - a loss of sensation in nerve endings, leading to more damage to more body parts. The physical ramifications are horrendous sores all over the body, missing fingers, missing toes, damaged limbs. And the awful smell of rotting flesh.


Leprosy is also highly contagious; therefore those who were diagnosed with leprosy were quarantined and isolated from the rest of society.

The Gospel of Luke tells us that Jesus saw and heard the lepers crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” (Luke 17:13). He was moved with compassion, Jesus responded with “Go, show yourselves to the priests” (Luke 17:14).

· Jesus didn’t heal them first! He simply gave them a command which would test their faith in Him.

· Then we are told in verse 14: “As they went, they were cleansed.”
Point #1 – Praise the Lord at all times

Praising the Lord in every circumstance is an act of faith because you are demonstrating that you are placing your trust in God alone.

Some of you may be in difficult circumstances, right now. And what awaits you today, this week, is a forcing of the question.

· Will you be thankful despite the circumstances?

· Will you praise Him in the midst of the storm?

· If so, you will have experienced faith.

The word of Christ miraculously healed ten people of a dreaded disease that isolated them from society and made them social outcasts.


Yet, only one of the ten lepers, a Samaritan, turned back to acknowledge the source of his miracle and to express his gratitude.
The one who returned to give thanks didn’t wait to be certified fit to return to the community by the priest, he postponed the reunion with family once he realized he was cured.

Nothing was more important at that moment than expressing his gratitude to the only one who had the power to heal leprosy.

Jesus is grieved the gross ingratitude of the other nine lepers, who did not return to glorify God, but who selfishly got on with their lives without acknowledging the source of their healing or to simply say “thank you”.
To the one who returned, Jesus says: Your faith has healed and saved you

His faith has saved him, he was not simply cured of his disease, but saved in the fullest sense of the word. Because the one who returned demonstrated that he had faith - he believed in Jesus Christ and by his actions expressed a desire to have personal relationship with Jesus.

Let’s look closer at three words in the text:

1. Look first at verse 15. "One of them, when he saw he was healed . . ." and stop there. This Greek word is "hi-a-tha," which is a purely medical term. It means to mend, to repair. It's like a broken bone finally mending.

2. Look at verse 17. Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed? Stop there. This is a different word than hi-a-tha. This is "kath-a-ri-dzo," the root word for our "catheter." It, too, is a medical word in part, for it means, "remove the impurities."

3. And now, look at one more word. In verse 19, Jesus says to this very thankful man, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well. "Made you well . . ." that's a different word. It's not a medical word, necessarily, although it was used to describe the safe delivery of a baby. This is the word, "so-dzo," which means, "saved."

When Paul described what would happen to a person who publicly professed Jesus as Lord and savior, he used this same word: ". . . If you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (so-dzo). For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved (so-dzo!) (Romans 10:9-10).
Thus Jesus says to this very thankful man willing to follow God before his circumstances changed - to worship God before he returned home – “Your faith has healed and saved you.”
Although the other nine had also received their physical healing, they had no further connection with Jesus. Their superficial faith and ingratitude prevented them from fully receiving salvation and complete wholeness that is found only in Christ Jesus

Point #2 – “Be the one” who falls at Jesus’ feet


The Lord are looking for those willing to be “the one” who returns with a heart filled with faith and gratitude.

One last thing: The one who returned wasn’t quiet with his praise. The scripture tells us that he was loud: shouting his gratitude, glorifying God