Luke 17 Highlights (From My Journal)
- Take responsibility for your actions (verse 1).
- Rebuke and forgive (always, always forgive) those who sin against you (verses 3-5).
- Faith is powerful. When we trust our Lord Jesus Christ, it makes a difference in our lives and definitely changes things! (verse 6).
- Don’t expect applause for doing your servant duty (verse 10).
- Imagine 10 people with your chronic illness or worse. POTS, cancer, Fibro, or something equally as isolating, and it still cannot compare with leprosy. Now imagine coming in a group of ten to our Lord Jesus Christ, desperately asking Him to show you His mercy – His pity (verses 11-13).
- All were healed, but only one returned to Jesus. He came back with a grateful heart – dedicated to praising our God! Why didn’t the others come back and give their lives to Jesus who made them well? (verses 14-19)
- Likely it was a heart condition, only not a physical one. It was a spiritual condition of a hard heart that made them ask for healing and never return to thank Him or love Him or get to know Him or testify to His power.
- This story, this testimony, about the 10 lepers causes me to think on my own health. I am not saying my health is great. I know, it’s not. But, I have to look at my own spiritual heart. How willing am I to give my good days to our King Jesus and allow them to be used for His glory?
- Jesus Christ had to suffer many things, in order for us to be reconciled to God and experience His Kingdom (verse 25).
- When Jesus Christ comes, no one will know the hour (verses 22-24).
- Be on your watch! Jesus Christ is God’s Son, the Savior of the world, and He is returning for His people! So, don’t neglect verse 33: In order to perserve our lives, we must be willing to lose our lives. We need to surrender our everything to our Mighty God, and allow Him to preserve our lives – for His plans are far greater than our own! (verses 3, 33)
How long will you [magistrates or judges] judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!Psalm 82:2, AMPC