|Theme:||Telling others what God has done for us. Proper 7 (12) Yr. C|
|Object:||A "Thank You" card|
|Scripture:||“Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him. Luke 8:39 (NIV)
What do you do when someone does something nice for you? Well, the most important thing you should do when someone does something nice for you is to say, "Thank you." At our house, we always keep a good supply of thank you cards so that we will not forget. I hope you will always remember to say, "Thank you" when someone does something nice for you. Another thing you should do is to to tell others about the nice things that person has done for you.
Jesus spent his life on earth doing good things for people. He was loving, kind, and compassionate. The Bible tells us that he came not to be served, but to serve others and to give his life for them. Wherever Jesus went, he healed the sick and the lame. He gave sight to the blind and hearing to the deaf. Why, he even raised some from the dead! Sometimes the people remembered to say, "Thank you" and sometimes they forgot.
In our Bible lesson today, Jesus met a man who was controlled by evil spirits. He had not worn clothes for a long time and he did not live in a house, but spent his days and nights roaming among the tombs and in the mountains. People in the town where he lived were afraid of him and tried to bind him with chains, but he was so strong that he broke the chains.
Jesus saw that the man was tormented and he felt compassion for him. There was a large herd of pigs on the hillside nearby, so Jesus let the evil spirits enter into the pigs, and the entire herd ran into the lake and drowned.
After Jesus freed the man from the evil spirits, he was like a different person. People saw the man sitting at Jesus’ feet, fully clothed and speaking calmly. He was so happy that he wanted to go with Jesus and follow him wherever he went, but Jesus told the man to go back to his home and tell everyone what God had done for him. The Bible tells us that the man went back and told all the people in of the city what great things Jesus had done for him.
You and I should always remember to give thanks for all that Jesus has done for us. The greatest gift we have ever received is the gift of eternal life. Jesus made this gift possible by his death on the cross. We should also tell others what he has done for us so that they might come to know the he loves them too.
Our Father, we thank you for all that you have done for us. We are especially thankful for the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ, your son. Help us to always show our gratitude and tell others how much you have done for us. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
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