This Thanksgiving we have many things to be thankful for: health, a good roof over our heads, jobs, wealth, friends, family, etc. The contemporary society we live in is one of the most materially and physically blessed civilizations. We do not have to fear being wiped out by some horrendous plague that we know nothing about. We do not have to fear having invading armies coming any taking us away in slavery and killing our families. Nor do we have to be concerned where our next meal is coming from. We don’t even have to necessarily fear persecution like many Christians in the far reaches of the globe are experiencing currently.
But all these material blessings (for which we should certainly be thankful) compare nothing to the thankfulness that should fill our hearts when we recall the wonderful salvation which our Lord has wrought for us. He has sent His only begotten Son, who is Holy and Infinite God, into the corrupt world. Our infinite God took upon Himself the humiliating form of a corruptible man, who experiences pain and sorrow. He was persecuted for our sins, which we daily commit without so much as thinking about it. He bore the weight of our sins throughout His whole life and which climaxed with the horrible torments he felt on the cross and in the depths of hell for our sins. Yet He did this all willingly and this was even His plan from eternity; from before the foundations of the world. As the apostle Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:21, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be the righteousness of God in him.” This should incite us to great thanksgiving! This should fill us with abundant joy and a zealous desire to glorify God throughout our whole lives, not just on one day of the year. Therefore, let us say with Paul in I Corinthians 15:57, “thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Thanks be to God!