The Thanksgiving holiday will be celebrated differently this year but the SOURCE of our many blessings is exactly the same. Follow Pastor Grimes' sermon notes as he shares favorite Thanksgiving bible versus and discusses Luke 17. Jesus heals 10 men suffering from a dreadful disease, but only one returns to Jesus to give thanks.
Thanksgiving is mentioned 32 times in the Bible. Some favorites to remember.
Psalms 69:30 I will praise the name of God with song, and shall magnify Him with thanksgiving.
Psalms 100:4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.
Psalms 107:1 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, His love endures forever.
Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called one body; and the thankful.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 And in all things give thanks; for this is the will of God for you through Christ Jesus.
Revelations 7:1-15 Tells us that one day, when we get to heaven, we will give thanks to God for salvation.
Can you imagine what that day will be like? You should shout Thanksgiving praises right now. God's promises have done so much for us. Great is His faithfulness.
Luke 17:11=19 Jesus heals 10 lepers and one gives thanks to The SOURCE.
Jesus is going to Jerusalem. As He enters a village He meets 10 men who are lepers. They ask Him to have mercy on them. He tells them to go show themselves to the priest and they would be healed.
After being healed, one returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. Luke 17:15-16
Thankfulness is foundational to the Christian life. Thankfulness is a conscious response that comes from looking beyond our blessings to the source of our blessings. As Christians, we have been forgiven, saved from death, and adopted as God’s children. There could be no better reason for a grateful heart!
Lepers in Jesus’ day were social outcasts. Their highly contagious condition ostracized them from those they loved. When the 10 lepers encountered Jesus, they desperately implored Him to show them mercy. Jesus sent them to the priest. As they obeyed, they were healed! These ten men had been forbidden to enter their own villages, to live in their own homes, to work in their own jobs, or even to touch their own children. Imagine what unrestrained joy must have filled them as they ran back home!
One of the lepers, a Samaritan, stopped and ran back to thank Jesus. Samaritans were normally shunned by the Jews, but Jesus had healed him! Jesus asked him, “Where are the others?” Ten lepers had been healed. Ten lepers were reveling in their new found health. Ten men were joyfully rushing to share the good news with those they loved. But only one considered the Source of that blessing and stopped to thank and worship the One who had given him back his life.
We, too, have been healed and made whole by the Savior. We are free to enjoy the abundant life the Savior has graciously given us. Could we, like the nine lepers, rush off so quickly to glory in our blessings without stopping to thank our Redeemer?
God looks for our thanks. Our worship, prayers, service, and daily life ought to be saturated with thanksgiving to God.
Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Think about the lepers and which best represents you. Find peace in your life. Ask God to saturate you with his goodness. Be thankful in all things.