Christ – The Thanksgiving Sacrifice
“And when ye will offer a sacrifice of Thanksgiving unto the Lord, offer it at your own will” – (Lev.7:11).
“And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of Thanksgiving and declare his works with rejoicing” – (Ps.104:22).
“And he took the cup, and gave thanks. And he took bread and gave Thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the New Testament in my blood, which is shed for you” – (Lk.22:17,19,20).
“Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift” – (2 Cor.9:15).
The Lord Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of all the Old Testament sacrifices and that includes the Thanksgiving sacrifice. “But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God’ – (Heb.10:12). He is the one-time, perfect, supreme sacrifice on the cross for the sins of man. And we who are saved and have our sins washed away in His precious blood, give thanks to Jesus and the Father for His unspeakable gift. We thank God for the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross saving us.
When Jesus took the bread and the
wine at the first Lord’s supper, He gave thanks. And
all of God’s born again saints give thanks for Jesus dying on
– Thank You Lord –
Thank you, Lord, for saving my soul, Thank you, Lord, for making me whole.
Thank you, Lord, for giving to me, Thy great salvation so rich and free.
We should be thankful to God for all things, but most especially for Christ saving us. I’ve made a habit of thanking God before I eat and in my prayer I always say – “Thank you Jesus for saving me” – amen. “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord...” – (Rom.7:25). We get the victory over death and hell through Christ – “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” – (I Cor.15:57). Every day is Thanksgiving Day for the born again saint of God, not once a year.
God wants his children to be thankful to Him. Are you truly saved? Do you thank Him for your salvation? How long has it been since you prayed a prayer of thanks, not asking for something but giving thanks? Just simply praising God and thanking Him for Jesus, for His redeeming blood, for His marvelous grace, for His keeping power, for His mercy, and for the everyday things of life so generally taken for granted? How long has it been since you thanked God for the sunshine and rain, for air to breathe, good food to eat, clothes to wear, a house to live in, for family, for your spouse, for faithful pastors who feed you spiritual food? How long since you counted your blessings one by one? How long since you fell on your knees in humility and poured forth words of praise and thanks to the Father as the giver of every good and perfect gift?
And we are to thank God in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, the one who saved us. “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” – (Eph.5:20). Giving thanks – always – for all things in Christ’s name. For it’s because of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross that we give thanks.
I rarely see anyone give thanks before they eat, either on the job or at restaurants. And I heard some people give thanks but not to God or Christ. We are an unthankful nation today. People just don’t even say thank you any longer. Thanksgiving Day has become ‘Turkey Day’ where people gorge on food but don’t thank God. The reason is they have never been saved and born again in Christ. They are unthankful because they have rejected God’s Thanksgiving sacrifice on the cross. To a saved Christian God says – “in everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” – (I Thes.5:18). Again – “… abounding therein with Thanksgiving” – (Col.2:7). First we thank Jesus for saving us and then we become thankful to God for everything on this earth because we have eternal life instead of hell.
Jonah is a type of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ – (Mt.12:40). Jonah was swallowed by a whale and died and resurrected and he said – “But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of Thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord” – (Jonah 2:9). Yes, salvation is of the Lord Jesus and we give thanks to God for Him. All our thanksgiving is based on the shed blood of Christ for our sins. My spirit of Thanksgiving is possible because my sins are forgiven and I have the Holy Spirit in me that glorifies Christ. Because of that gift – Jesus Christ – I can be thankful for everything else that comes my way.
Surely you have seen a picture of a pilgrim with an ax holding a turkey over a chopping block. Well, the Thanksgiving sacrifice is not a turkey or a ham – it’s a lamb – “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” – (Jn.1:29). It’s the human sacrifice of God’s Son that only can atone for the sins of man. We thank God the Father for His greatest gift – His Son as Savior for our sins. Don’t for a moment believe that the Pilgrims started Thanksgiving. They landed on Plymouth Rock with Bibles in their hands that told them to give Thanksgiving to God from one end of the Bible to the other.
Are you truly saved and born again of the Hoy Spirit? Have you become a new creature in Christ – a holy creature? Have your sins been washed away in the precious blood of Christ- eternal life-giving blood? When you’re born again you can thank God for that very, very, special food, the body and blood of Christ on the cross. Repent of your sins and by faith believe on Christ in your heart for remission and forgiveness of sins. If you do this in truth then you will have God’s Thanksgiving sacrifice in you. Then you can thank God throughout eternity for His great gift of His beloved Son on the cross. “Being enriched in everything to all bountifulness, which causeth through us Thanksgiving to God. Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift” – (I Cor.9:11,15).
Christ – the Thanksgiving Sacrifice.
Pastor Mike Storti
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