September 28, 2022

September 28, 2022

Author: Pastor Gordon Cook
September 28, 2022

“On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. And 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. When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. 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. Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was not one found to return and give praise (glory) to God except this foreigner?” And he said to him, “Rise and go your way, your faith has made you well.”

Luke 17:11-19

One of the words that we recently considered in the Sunday school hour was the word, Grace. We have been going through the book by Dr. Packer dealing with different important Bible words. No one would argue that all of the words that we find in that book, 18 Words are important. Certainly the word grace is one of the most important words in our Bible. It is used to define who God is, God is a god of grace. It tells us about Jesus the law came by way of Moses, but grace through the Lord Jesus Christ. When we pray we think of the means of grace; prayer is called the means of grace; we go to the throne of grace.

Another word that I would put right up there is glory. Grace is a very important significant Bible word and so is glory. If you look for that word glory in your Bible you would find it mentioned in almost every book in the Bible. In the book of Romans twenty some times. We could shape our prayer by the concept of glory. Remember Moses made that prayer request, “Show me your glory.” When God manifested himself to Moses, he passed before him and he had this train of attributes, he showed him his glory.

Every day we see God’s glory in terms of creation. The Bible says that the world that God has made, the heavens declare the glory of God. We have good reason to thank God every day; just the fact that we can see his glory, the glory of his created world.

When it comes to living the Christian life think of glory. Remember what Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 10:31, “We are to eat and drink for the glory of God.” That is the ultimate reason for our existence. Why did God make us? So that we could proclaim, that we could be people who broadcast his glory. We were made to glorify God. We see Jesus here, in this story of the ten lepers; that is obviously in the upper part of his mind, he is very concerned about God’s glory.

But even before we come to that think of the Lord’s Prayer, “Hallowed be your name.” That’s about God’s glory. Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones says, “Our Lord Jesus is teaching us by that prayer, the prayer of prayers, that the whole world may come to know God in this way; and that the whole world would have a burning and deep desire for the honor and glory of God.”

Coming back to that Luke 17 passage, that’s the heartbeat of our Lord Jesus Christ. These ten lepers come to Jesus for healing, he heals all of them, but only one comes back. Only one came back to thank God or to glorify God. And Jesus wasn’t very happy was he? Where are the nine? Good question, where are the nine? Why haven’t they come back to glorify God, except this one foreigner. You would expect the other nine would have been ones who would have recognized the need to glorify and honor God.

So when you think of ourselves, not in terms of the physical so much but the spiritual, God has healed us from the leprosy of leprosies, sin. That should give us reason, brethren, to praise and glorify God every day. We are to glorify God for what he has done, past. We are to glorify God for what he is doing, present, he continues to work in our life. But we are also to glorify God for what God will do in the future. Think of the day of wrath, the final day when Jesus will appear. We are told over and over again in his glory. Why do we want Jesus to come back again? To rescue us from this wicked world? That’s legitimate. But if we are praying the way we should pray in terms of God’s glory. We should be praying, “Lord, come, come quickly. Because I want men and women, boys and girls to see your glory.” They will see the glory of the great judge of all the earth and they will see the glory of the one Savior of the world.”

How many times do we pray, “Lord Jesus come.” Not just come, but come quickly. Why? So men, women, boys and girls will see God’s glory. That will be a manifestation of Jesus’ glory in a way that no one has ever seen it before.