Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Some thoughts on Thanksgiving (part 1)

Thanksgiving (Nov. 23) has to be one of my most favorite holidays besides Easter and Christmas. I would like to take this time to highlight some thoughts about Thanksgiving and the Bible.

The Lord Jesus Christ is our prime example in this matter of thanksgiving.

Matthew 11:25
“At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.” (see also Luke 10:21)

Matthew 26:27
“And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;”

John 6:11
“And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.”

John 11:41
“Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.”

What an amazing and appropriate pattern to follow. Jesus was thankful and offered up thanks to God in evangelism (even when the proud did not get saved), during the observance of the Lord's supper (even though He knew He was going to be betrayed), before a meal (even when many of His followers would soon forsake Him) and even before performing the miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead (despite people's unbelief). He was never too busy to recognize the Father's goodness. Thanksgiving is a Christ-like attitude and may we learn to emulate Jesus Christ.

1 comment:

Sean Carter said...

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