Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity 02 September 2018 A.D.

                                           Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity 
                               Holy Communion 02 September 2018 A.D.

The Epistle. Galatians 5:16-24                                      The Gospel. Luke 17:11-19

                             Almighty and everlasting God, give unto us the increase
                             of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain that
                             which thou dost promise, make us to love that which
                             thou dost command; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  


                                “Thy faith hath made thee whole”


 What shall we then say?  Our Gospel reading is so pertinent to the prevailing attitude of the day.
  “Give me stuff, give me gifts, give me or in the vernacular ‘gimme gimme, gimme’.
We read about ten very unfortunate men. These fellows were traveling together because according to custom they were not allowed to come into any village or city, because they were lepers.  Without going into great detail, leprosy first disfigures the person who is afflicted and then slowly takes their life. This process can last several years. It is a slow and painful death. At the time there was no cure for it, so anyone who was discovered to have it, had to leave everyone and their village and try to make it on their own.  So these outcast banded together for safety and to survive, even for a while. {the medical and sociological aspect of leprosy is pretty hard, but if we look at sin as leprosy that gives us a whole new way of how we view sin in our lives}
    There are several lessons I would like you to see here in this story of the ten lepers.

    1. These lepers knew Jesus could heal them.  They called out to him, “Master, have mercy on us” .  Why did they know this ?  Did Jesus reputation precede him?  Most likely. The ten had most likely heard that Jesus healed the sick, and they were sick.  They knew to go as Jesus told them and they were healed on the way to be certified clean by the priest.

   2. Now let us look at human nature as it bares its’ base soul; only one of the ten thanked God. Those aren’t very good odds.  This is the way of the world. Although ten were healed only one came back to thank him who healed them. Do we sometimes not thank God for things he has done for us?  Did he not provide his Son as a once and for all sacrifice for our sins?  Did Jesus die for our sins?  Let us not be as the nine and turn our backs upon our very Savior, we must turn and give thanks for the great gift of salvation from God.

   3.  The one leper knew that Jesus was God. Notice how he reacts to being healed. He turns back and in a loud voice glorifies God.  Then he falls at Jesus feet and gives thanks. Note what Luke indicates, this one grateful healed leper was a Samaritan.  A sworn enemy of the Jews, an outcast, one who was already considered unclean because he was a half-breed, half Hebrew and half pagan.  And yet this was the one who returned to Jesus, proclaiming him God by glorifying God.  He, the rejected, knew he was healed by the healing word of the Master, came back to him to praise him and thank him and worship him. 

   4. We are all strangers at one time in our life.   Before one comes to the Lord seeking salvation, they are in all respects, a stranger. Because we are estranged from God. Our sin keeps us from being part of the Kingdom.  Now notice how this is rectified when Jesus becomes our Savior. “He said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole”. 
  When we step away from the world and seek His way, we will be saved by our faith.  Our faith will make us whole. 
   So listener, if you do not know the Lord Jesus as your savior, you must seek him. Call out to him, ask him to save you from your sins. Jesus will cure you of your leprosy {sin} and has provided your salvation.   You ask Jesus to save you, “....your faith will make you whole”.  Jesus will take you into his Kingdom, where you will live for ever in His peace.


 Let us pray:

O SAVIOR of the world, who by thy Cross and precious Blood hast redeemed us; Save us, and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord.
THE Almighty Lord, who is a most strong tower to all those who put their trust in him, to whom all things in heaven, in earth, and under the earth, do bow and obey; Be now and evermore thy defense; and make thee know and feel, that there is none other Name under heaven given to man, in whom, and through whom, thou mayest receive health and salvation, but only the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
 UNTO God's gracious mercy and protection we commit thee. The Lord bless thee, and keep thee. The Lord make his face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee. The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace, both now and evermore. Amen.




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