During Thanksgiving at our home, we pause to thank Jesus for the many things He has done for us throughout the year that is drawing to a close. It centers us on the focus of the holiday. The pilgrims had much to be thankful for; we have built on their foundation, and are thankful for much more. But, as Christians, we have Jesus Christ as our common bond.
Consider the trials our Lord knew He would face, and yet, He remained positive. Even when His time had come to be crucified and He knew He was facing imminent death, He gave thanks.
Don’t permit the enemy to steal your joy! If Jesus could thank Father God for the privilege of dying on the cross to save humanity, we can give thanks. Jesus sees us through, and He is there for you in good times and in trials. Choose to be a worshipper, praising our Savior at all times.
Savor these words of thanksgiving from our Savior…
Our Savior is the Communion Cup. When He was about to die on the cross, Scripture records:
“And he took the cup and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; for this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” Matthew 26:27-28
Our Savior is the Resurrection and the Life. When He raised Lazarus from the dead, He said:
“Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.” John 11:41b-42
Our Savior is One with the Father. When His disciples asked Him to teach them to pray, He began by teaching them to have a thankful heart:
“Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name…” Matthew 6:9b
Let’s take time to thank Jesus for the gifts He gave that far exceed provision, or even family and friends. Let’s thank Him for these, but also thank Him for His willingness to give us eternal life, divine love, and His everlasting presence as our constant guide.