SUNDAY 26th NOVEMBER, 2017
SPECIAL THANKSGIVING AND HOSANNA SERVICE
13". . .As he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices, saying, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us."
► [Luke 17:12-13 (KJV)]
Have Mercy on us: The Cry of Ten Lepers::
The bible records a "Profound Miracle" in Luke 17:11-19. On the marginal between Galilee and Samaria, a forbidden zone between the Jews and the Samaritans, Jesus meets face to face with ten lepers. These lepers are united by their common misfortune and misery - the foul disease that had cast them out of society. As Jesus enters the village, these men stand afar off crying out to him for mercy.
No doubt they had heard rumors that this Jesus "can heal lepers." They probably discussed it and then questioned the legitimacy of the story. Besides, even if he could, what were the chances that he would ever come to their village? But on this very day, the word spreads ..."He’s here, Jesus of Nazareth is here”
As Jesus approached, there stood the most ragged choir in Israel, ten lepers crying out to Jesus for mercy. "Have mercy, Have mercy" came the cry from lips that had seen too little mercy and extremely too much condemnation. It was certainly within his power to heal them; and no doubt that was what the lepers had hoped for. Instead, Jesus said something completely off the line: When he saw them, he said to them,"Go and show yourselves to the priests" (Vs.14). On the surface, one might have been tempted to think that Jesus was simply putting them off and probably wanted to remind them the hopelessness of their condition. Such an insinuation would be incorrect. As a matter of fact, Jesus fully intended to heal them but he intended to do it in accordance with the demands of the Law of Moses. Leviticus 14 clearly states that the priest must authenticate any "cure" from leprosy. We are not told that anyone was ever "cured" of leprosy but the priest had to authenticate any healing for them to re-enter society. Also, if Jesus had not sent the lepers to the priest, no one would have believed the miracle had really taken place. Go show what to the priest?
They were still lepers. They didn’t have anything to show that the priest would want to see. As a matter of fact, the last thing the priest wanted to see was ten smelly, disheveled, deformed, wretched lepers. There were visible sores everywhere, deformed arms and fingers bitten off by rodents. Anyone could smell the disease a quarter-mile away. However, they obeyed Jesus and went, possibly doubting all the way, to see the priest. a look at the last part of verse 14: "as they went they were cleansed."
They were healed as they went. Not before. Not after.That means that when they left to go to the priest, they still had leprosy. On step one, they were still lepers. Step two, nothing noticeably happened. They possibly took a third step, and the leprosy was still clinging to their limbs; but on that fourth and subsequent steps, something wonderful, something unbelievable, something they never dreamed possible, happened. Instantly, Miraculously, all ten at once were healed.
The Benefits of Thanksgiving::
Thanking God glorifies and magnifies God, but it also benefits us. It aligns our hearts with His by helping usrefocus our attention on God as our source. Gratitude relieves our anxiety, refreshes our relationship and fellowship with God, reinforces our faith and brings gladness to our spirit. Our thanksgiving will minister to the Lord, exalt Him and send Satan on a flight of no return.
In our bible story today, we saw that “They were healed as they went”. Not before. Not after. It was in the act of going they were healed. Why? Because it was the act of going that was the act of faith. It didn’t matter how they felt about it. God honored their going in spite of their doubts. This is what the special thanksgiving service on Sunday is all about. Our faith moves mountains when our faith moves us. When Jesus said, “Go show the priest”, he was really saying, “Act as if you are already healed.” What a great piece of advice that is. So many times we pray and pray and nothing seems to happen. But when our faith finally moves us to action, God honors it and the answer begins to come.
In Luke's account of this profound/marvelous miracle, all ten lepers are completely healed, but it is not the end of the story. In fact, that’s not even the heart of the story. Another miracle is about to happen.
Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan (15-16).
The bible does not say if the other 9 were Jews so it remains a rhetorical question till we get to heaven but Jesus had this to say about all of this: Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner? And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well” (17-19).
Perhaps the other nine were in a hurry to see the priest, maybe they thought Jesus knew how grateful they were and was probably gone; or better still, they were in a hurry to see their families. Regardless of what their excuses were, the truth will be this: they got what they wanted and left.
This Sunday, as you come for the Special Thanksgiving service, remember that ingratitude is the leprosy of the soul. It eats away on the inside, destroys our happiness, cripples our joy, withers our compassion, paralyzes our praise and renders us numb to all the blessings of God. Ten men were healed that day, but only one came back to give thanks. Are you living with the nine or with the one?
NOW, IT IS YOUR TURN!
Praise is a choice. A thankful heart is a choice you make. Be the one leper who returned to thank God and watch as God will make sure no man will ever doubt the reality of "My Case is Different" in your life
We have it on the highest authority that at that place of gratitude, your story will change; and we guarantee that this is the season of your long-awaited supernaturand turn-around change of story.
It is your set time and this Service will be the one chance you have been waiting for, for a change of story. Come expectant of an encounter that will anoint you with every grace you need for profitable living;and be sure to invite and also reach out to the unsaved and bring them along for the service together with your friends and family.
The service times are 9:00am (1st Service) and 10:45am (2nd Service).
Jesus is Lord!!!