To Remember: We
all have a lot to be thankful for.
leper: a person with an incurable, contagious disease that
attacks the whole body
Luke 17:11-19 On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going
through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a
village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they
called out, 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 made clean. Then one of
them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God
with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus' feet and
thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, "Were not
ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of
them found to return and give praise to God except this
foreigner?" Then he said to him, "Get up and go on your way;
your faith has made you well."Leprosy was a
feared and horrible disease, and still is. To this day, it is still
predominately incurable. Because it was easy to catch, lepers were
not allowed in the city, and were not allowed to approach others.
That is why these ten lepers kept their distance and called out to
Jesus. These lepers were, in all, a good bunch. They were obeying
the laws: they stayed out of the city and did not approach Jesus or
his followers. They believed in Jesus' ability to heal. They obeyed
Jesus without question when he told them to go to the priests, even
before they were healed.*
*Leviticus 13 explains how leprosy was handled under Moses' law.
The priests were the men who decided whether leprosy was
contagious or not. The priests had the power to declare these
men healed and clean.
So these men were respectful,
obedient, and trusting. What they weren't was thankful. Only one of
the men, when they learned they were healed, was grateful enough to
return and praise Jesus. Do you think he was the only one that was
happy? I doubt it. Do you think it was easy for him to be the only
one to return to Jesus? Probably not. He wanted to be declared clean
by the priests so he could return to his family, his job and his
friends. But he was thankful enough to stop right then and thank
Jesus and praise God for this wonderful gift.
Discussion: What excuses could the other nine have given
for not returning and thanking Jesus?
Do we often make excuses for not thanking God? What excuses do men make
today for not thanking God?
But he told us to go to the priests - we're only doing what he said!
He's God, he knows I'm grateful.
I have so many things to do now that I can be a normal person again! I'll
thank Him later.
Discussion: How are we to thank God? For what? Why? Study
the verses on the worksheet and discuss their application to our
I'm obeying God - so he owes me these blessings.
God knows my prayers before I offer them. Why should I have to tell him?
I'm very busy right now, I'll thank him later.
I hurting so much because of ________. Why is he not helping me?
God didn't do that for me, it was: my hard work, nature, my friend, luck.
Sing:I've got the Joy,
Joy, Joy, Joy
- Make a thank you card to God. Fully thank him for one blessing and what it
means to you.
- Make a mural of blessings that the church provides for the students.
Display the mural where the congregation can see it.
True or False
Around the room: Have students stand in a circle. Have the
first student say one thing they are thankful for. Have the next person
repeat the first and add a second. Continue around the room until everyone
has added two or the group can't continue.
Worksheet: I'm Thankful For...
God wants us to thank him once a year in November. F
Some days may go by without anything to thank God for. F
God appreciates our praise even when he already knows we're thankful. T
There is more than one way to thank God.
God is the giver of every good and perfect gift. T
1 Thess. 5:16-18 "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give
thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in
Christ Jesus for you." Review Questions for
Psalm 138:1 "I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;
before the gods I sing your praise."
Name four blessings that start with the letter T.
Unscramble this word: frunatelug
Recite the memory verse.
Draw a blessing for which you are thankful.
Put together a puzzle made from the
picture of the leper.
Turn to the person next to you and thank them for something.
How can we cheer ourselves up when we are disappointed, discouraged, or
upset? (count our blessings)
How do you feel when you do something nice for someone and are not thanked?
How must God feel when we are not appreciate of his gifts?
What kind of relationship does God want with us?
Can we be obedient without being thankful? (2 Cor. 9:7)
Read Romans 1:28-31. Can we be
pleasing to God without being thankful?
Read Phil 4:6. Thankfulness can bring us _____________.
How many lepers returned to thank Jesus?
Was the thankful leper a Jew?
What did the other lepers do that was right?
Who else can we show our gratefulness to?
Name three reasons why the healed lepers would be grateful. (healed from a
fatal illness, can live inside the city, can be with their families and
friends again, can worship God in the temple again...)
Are ungrateful people happy? How can we be happy?