Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving 2009

This morning's readings were Deuteronomy 8:1-10, Philippians 4:4-13, and Luke 17:11-19 (sermon text).

God has given us both little and big things to thank Him for; the lepers
received their lives, a most precious gift. So have we. Details: Jesus is not
just wandering; His goal is Jerusalem, and there to die on the cross to give
everyone life. As leprosy is terminal and separates the afflicted from the
clean, making sufferers effectively dead, so also sin afflicts us, all sinners,
all in the same boat.

Dying makes us desperate. The lepers sought Jesus, who healed them - as
they went to fulfill the Law - by a word. One didn't finish the journey. He
returned to praise his Healer. A Samaritan, who should have been His enemy! We
follow the leper's example, returning on the Lord's Day to praise the Lord. This
Lord gave His life up to give us life. What unites diverse Christians is the
Christ inside. We have Life!

Soli Deo gloria.

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