This Sermon Is Not About the Coronavirus | Luke 17:11-19

This Sermon Is Not About the Coronavirus | Luke 17:11-19

Introduction

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Luke 17:11-19 ESV  On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee.  (12)  And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance  (13)  and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.”  (14)  When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed.  (15)  Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice;  (16)  and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan.  (17)  Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine?  (18)  Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?”  (19)  And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”

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  • This morning I have three very important matters I want to talk about.
    • I know that we all have a certain virus on our minds, and the whole world is wondering what will happen next.
    • What do we do now?
    • How should we respond?
    • How should the church respond?
    • Thus I think this sermon, today’s message, is very, very timely.
  • The sermon today has three points, you might do well to write these points down now…

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  • Point One: The Importance of Social Distancing

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  • Point Two: Obeying Government Mandates

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  • Point Three: Only about Ten Percent of People Exposed Get It.
  • That’s right folks… we are finally going to talk about it… would you bring up today’s title slide?

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  • We are finally going to talk about Luke 17:11-19… Today’s sermon is NOT about the Coranovirus! Let’s pray!

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  • Today we are going to talk about Christ’s interaction with these 10 lepers…
    • And let me just recap the story in case you missed it…
    • Jesus is walking into the city and these 10 horribly deceased people are standing together in a group, the have a decease called leprosy that makes your skin, and latter body parts, just fall off and decay.
    • As Jesus is walking by these diseased people cry out “Lord have mercy on us” and Jesus tells them to see the priest.
    • They do, and are healed.
    • Then one of the ten, a Samaritan, a social enemy of the Jews, returns to Christ to thank Him.
  • It’s a pretty simply story, but I think we can learn a lot from it this morning… let’s dive right into it with point one.

Point One – The Importance of Social Distancing

Luke 17:11-13 ESV  On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee.  (12)  And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance  (13)  and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.”

  • Again, point one is the importance of Social Distancing…
  • Look at verse 12, the end of it… the lepers STOOD AT A DISTANCE!
    • They knew the state of their being, they knew their filth, they knew exactly how wretched they had become.
    • And they knew that they had no right approaching the Lord Jesus Christ in their state.
  • The question, church, that I have for you this morning is this: Do you know your state?
    • Have you ever considered your filth, your disease, your repugnant smell?
  • Of course I am not talking about leprosy, and obviously I am not talking about Coronavirus… I am talking about SIN.
    • Dirty, filthy, stinky, ugly sin!
      • I bet not a single person watching this could get into heaven if the requirements were to follow the 10 commandments.
        • Commandment one, have no other Gods…
          • Have you ever put anything in the place of God? That’s paganism, and I have been a pagan.
        • Commandment two, bow down to no false idols…
          • Have you ever had an idol, maybe an addiction, maybe a superstar, maybe a love interest? I certainly have.
          • That’s Called Idolatry.
        • Commandment three, don’t use God’s name in vein.
          • Have you ever used God’s name as a swear word? That’s called blasphemy, I used to do it all the time, it is a very serious sin.
        • Commandment Four, Keep the Sabbath Holy.
          • Do you set aside one seventh of your week, every week, to rest and worship God? I certainly haven’t, and even now that I do I don’t worship God nearly enough on those days.
        • Commandment Five, honor your mother and father…
          • My mom is watching this and can tell you I have definitely broken this commandment.
        • Commandment 6 don’t murder… Jesus says if you unjustly hate someone you have murdered them in your heart… I have definitely murdered people in my heart before.
        • Commandment 7, don’t commit adulty… But Jesus takes it a step further and says if you lust after someone you have committed adultery… I have been then!
        • Commandment 8, don’t steal…
          • I used to steal stuff on the internet all the time, music, movies, games…
        • Commandment 9, don’t lie…
          • Yeah, who hasn’t broken this one right?
        • Commandment 10, don’t covet… That means, don’t crave what is not yours…
          • Yet the American economy is driven by this isn’t it, at least in part… I have fallen even in this area, especially when it comes to electronics… I JUST WANT A BIGGER TV!
    • So, If I, Pastor Christian, went to heaven and was meet at the Pearly Gates by St. Peter, and he based my entry on the 10 commandments he would say…
      • Why Christian… you are an idolatrous, blaspheming, Sabbath breaking, parent dishonoring, murderous, lying, adulterous, thieving, and covetous PAGAN!
      • TO HELL WITH YOU! He would say… because my sin, the things that I have done, are filthy!
    • In fact the word “Holy” means separated, or distanced from sin.
    • Remember that point one is The Importance of Social distancing…
      • God is Holy, therefor He must SOCIAL DISTANCE himself from sin… in other words, God can’t be around sin.
  • Isaiah, one of the holiest men who ever walked the earth once saw a glimpse of the glory of God, and this is how he responded…

Isaiah 6:5 ESV  And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”

  • Isaiah recognized that he was a filthy dirty sinner, and that in the presence of God he deserved to be killed, to be struck down dead!”
  • If you are not born again, this reality should be TERIFYING to you!
  • And if you are a Christian you need to take time to recognize the filth of your old self, the filth of your sin… because recognizing your depravity magnifies your gratitude for the cross, amen?!
    • And listen to me non Christians… us Christians don’t get to go to heaven because we are “good”, we go to heaven because we are cleansed!

1 John 1:9 ESV  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

  • Jesus death and resurrection provided a way for us to be cleansed, to be forgiven!
    • And we are going to talk a little bit more about this as we close, but first let’s get to point two, obeying government mandates.

Point Two – Obeying Government Mandates

Luke 17:13-14 ESV  and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.”  (14)  When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed.

  • Again, point two is “Obeying Government Mandates” and remember, this sermon is NOT about the Coronavirus!
    • I want to point out two things about this passage.
      • First, Jesus tells the lepers to see the priests.
        • Why? Because the priests were the ones required by law to verify that someone did or did not have leprosy.
        • And Jesus, this is always important to remember, often showed how important it was to obey the Old Testament Law… because after all, Jesus was not there to overthrow the law, he was not there to destroy the law, but he was there to fulfill the law.

Matthew 5:17 ESV  “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.

  • Christ came to fulfill the law, and that means the law is still here, it has simply accomplished its goal of pointing out our need for a savior.
  • Let me say that again: Christ came to fulfill the law, and that means the law is still here, it has simply accomplished its goal of pointing out our need for a savior.
    • So Jesus followed the law that He was there to fulfil, and though the law was completed on the Cross, it has not passed away, therefore we remember and we honor the Law of God that Jesus went out of his way to follow before fulfilling it.
  • Secondly, I want to point this out… the lepers called Jesus Master.

Luke 17:13 ESV  and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.”

  • When you call someone master what are you saying? You are saying “We are your slaves! TELL US WHAT TO DO! WE EXIST TO DO AS YOU COMMAND”.

Romans 6:15-18 ESV  What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!  (16)  Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?  (17)  But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed,  (18)  and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.

  • We are free, not to sin, but to live righteously thanks to Christ Jesus!
    • We were once slaves to sin, and we are now slaves to Christ.
    • We were once peasants in the kingdom of Satan, we are now royal priests in the kingdom of God.
    • But it is important to remember that we DO have a king, and we must do what He says.
  • The lepers Cried out “MASTER HAVE MERCY ON US” and then Jesus told them to do something.
    • If they didn’t do what Jesus told them, then they didn’t mean it when they called Him master.

Luke 6:46-49 ESV  “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?  (47)  Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like:  (48)  he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.  (49)  But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.”

  • If you consider yourself a Christian and you are not growing in Christ…
    • And you are living from one crisis to the next…
    • And things just don’t seem to work out for you…
    • IT IS BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT DOING WHAT CHRIST TELLS YOU!
    • Sure you come to church and listen sometimes, but you don’t do anything about it… therefore Christ says you are like a man who builds his house on sand and when a storm comes it destroys the house.
      • Your house is your life, and if your life can’t stand up to storms it is because you have built on the wrong foundation.
  • Look, the lepers where not healed right away when they talked to Jesus.
    • Jesus didn’t heal them right away, instead He told them go see the priests.
    • The lepers well could have said “Well that was a waist of time, I thought he was going to heal us… I am not going to go see the priests, we have tried that all ready… what a waste.
    • But they didn’t say that, they obeyed, and while they were on the way, that is, as they were acting in obedience, they were healed!
  • You have to obey your government, and if you are a Christian your government is not a democratic-republic, like America, it is a monarchy. It is run by a King and His name is JESUS!
  • Finally that brings us to point three…

Point Three – Only About Ten Percent of People Exposed Get It

Luke 17:14-19 ESV  When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed.  (15)  Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice;  (16)  and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan.  (17)  Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine?  (18)  Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?”  (19)  And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”

  • Only about ten percent of people exposed get it.
    • I mean, only one in ten people exposed to the miraculous power and grace of God really get it… only 10% really understand.
  • Jesus says “Were not 10 healed? WHERE ARE THE OTHER 9?” Don’t they get it? Don’t they know what just happened? Don’t they know who I am.
  • Look at verse 19… there is power in this verse that may not be readily apparent to you…

Luke 17:19 ESV  And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”

  • Rise… go your way… your FAITH has made you well.
  • There are some who believe, and I am inclined to join them in this belief… that Jesus was not here talking about this man’s leprosy.
    • You see a plan reading of this text may lead you to think “Ok, so he was healed of his leprosy because of his faith”.
    • But that’s not what the text says… Jesus doesn’t say you were healed because of your faith… He said your faith has made you “well”.
      • How many of y’all know that you can be healthy, and still not be well? Amen.
      • But this man was now healthy and he was well.
    • The other 9, who were clearly more of the faithless variety, they were healed and never returned to Jesus.
    • But this one, the foreigner, the Samaritan… he returned, and His faith made him well.
  • I believe this one, this man, was not just cleansed of his disease, but also of his sin… I believe he was saved in that moment. ]

Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV  For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,  (9)  not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

  • It is by grace through faith which we are saved, and this man’s faith made him well.
  • Now, my question to you, the person watching this video right now, is this: why did you come to Jesus? What made you cry out to Him?
    • For the Lepers, it was their illness… and maybe that is the case with you.
    • Or maybe there is some other plague happening in your life…
    • Addiction you can’t beat…
    • Financial troubles you can’t seem to escape…
    • A relationship you can’t seem to fix.
    • A loneliness you can’t seem to fill.
  • For whatever reason you came to Christ… have you thanked Him for it…
    • Will you be like the one in ten who truly gets it?
      • Jesus is not just a miracle worker, but He is GOD! He is LORD! He is King!
    • Or, will you get what you want and leave Him?
  • How terrible of a fate it would be, to be healed of your sickness by Christ, but not of your sin.
    • To be given what you want in this world, but wind up in hell-fire in the next.

Conclusion

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