Delivered By
Dr. R.E. Banks Sr.
Delivered On
August 28, 2022 at 11:00 AM
Central Passage
Luke 17:11-19 NIV
Healings and Afflictions, Msg. 4

I personally believe that the leper who returned to Jesus to offer his thanks was disobedient, for he did not go back to the priest per Jesus' instructions. But, instead praised Jesus in a loud voice.

Like with the lepers, when God recovers you, when He restores and blesses you, when He lifts you and holds you, the first duty of a sinner is to lay your body prostrate at the feet of Jesus and thank Him. Afterwards, you can show yourself to others that you’re ready for the service of the Lord.

This man behaved as a good religious person. Though the other nine lepers did not return to Jesus to say thank you, Jesus said to the man who did come to him in thanksgiving, to rise and go for his faith had made him well. Jesus gave a new life for his soul. He gave him a double portion because the man had faith to ask Jesus for a healing and to say thank you.

We may never uncover why the other nine lepers didn’t return or what happened to their lives, but often when individuals get what they want, they don’t come back. Often, we are ungrateful to our parents. We are often ungrateful to our fellow men. We are often ungrateful to God. Many of us don’t even offer grace for the food He has provided. I cannot take my seat without saying thank-you. I’ve got so much to thank God for: for waking me up this morning, for a reasonable portion of health, for saving my life, for divine protection, for a religion to hold on to, for all who are listening. Lord, if I had a thousand tongues, I could not thank you enough.