Hello #teamaym family!
We wrapped up our month-long theme of thanksgiving/gratitude. This week’s message was, “I Am Grateful For…”
Luke 17:11-19 (CSB) says,
While traveling to Jerusalem, he passed between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he entered a village, ten men with leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
14 When he saw them, he told them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And while they were going, they were cleansed.
15 But one of them, seeing that he was healed, returned and, with a loud voice, gave glory to God. 16 He fell facedown at his feet, thanking him. And he was a Samaritan.
17 Then Jesus said, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18 Didn’t any return to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19 And he told him, “Get up and go on your way. Your faith has saved you.”
Ten men were cleansed from their leprosy. Leprosy was a severe skins condition where a person could have sores on their skin that ate away at their skin and could also cause parts of their body to become deformed. Leprosy was also contagious and caused a person to be ceremonially unclean. Someone who had leprosy had to live in a designated area or village with others who had leprosy. These ten men had likely heard the stories and grateful testimonies about others who Jesus had healed of similar conditions. Your gratefulness doesn’t just affect you, it shows others the power and glory of God.
Ten men were cleansed, but only one returned to give thanks to Jesus.
Let’s take a look at what this could look like for today’s students. Imagine you had a new type of acne that caused sores to eat away at your skin and even cause parts of your body to become deformed. This new case of acne was highly contagious so you couldn’t be around your friends, family, or do the things you typically are a part of like sports, band, theatre, homecoming, prom, etc. You could only be around others that had this new type of severe acne. You couldn’t be around your family for Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays, or any of the special times you’re used to sharing in and being a part of with those you love.
One day Jesus comes walking by the area you are confined to and ten of you start crying out for him to cleanse you. He does and your body is perfectly normal! You can now be a part of all the things you were used to being a part of. You now fit in and look like a normal member of society. The other nine are so excited to be accepted again that they go on with their new life and completely forget about the One who made it possible.
The most important thing is not what we give thanks for but who we give thanks to. This man gave thanks to Jesus and acknowledged him as the source of his healing. Nine of the men received a physical healing, but the one who returned to Jesus received a spiritual healing and was saved. His gratefulness to Jesus showed where his faith in Jesus.
Give thanks to THE ONE who gave his life for you one the Cross. He is the source of all blessings and all we have to be grateful for.
What, or WHO, are you grateful for?
Have a great week!