It is Thanksgiving Day in America, and indeed, there is much for which to be thankful. American schoolkids learn about Pilgrims and Indians sharing a thanksgiving meal together, thankful that they had survived harsh times. Out of the ashes of those difficult days, America was later founded…on Christian principles, I might add!
However, for followers of Christ, I believe there is deeper meaning to Thanksgiving. First, we were created for the purpose of knowing our Creator and worshipping Him. We were made to give thanks! Though we were created to appreciate God, something happened:
For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
We have failed miserably. In fact, it can be said that the first sin was one of ingratitude. Rather than being satisfied with all God had given Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Satan convinced them it wasn’t enough…they needed more, and God was holding out on them! Convinced, they ate of the forbidden fruit in order to be like God. (Genesis 3:5)
Paul addressed our need for “more” when he said:
More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ.
Thankfully, a Jewish carpenter named Jesus entered our thankless world, lived a sinless life and died for the sake of our chronic ingratitude. He demonstrated thankfulness when He said:
Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.
…giving thanks, He broke them and started giving them to the disciples,,,
…when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
~1 Corinthians 11:24
Because of Jesus, we are freed for thanksgiving! We are free from ingratitude, and free to enjoy thankfulness to God!
We have the good news of Jesus, the Messiah! Indeed…much for which to be thankful!
PS: I am also thankful to all of you around the world who make sharing my passion for Israel and her Messiah such a joyous experience! Thank you!