Giving Thanks

I was asked to preach the week of Thanksgiving on Thanksgiving.

Its amazing the places in the New Testament where Christ and thanks are mentioned:

Mary and Joseph presented Jesus at the Temple after the time of purification was done – Luke 2:36-38

Feeding of the 5000 – Matthew 14:13-21 (cf. Mark 6:30-44; Luke 9:10-17; John 6:1-15)

Feeding of the 4000 – Matthew 15:29-39 (cf. Mark 8:1-10)

Last Supper – Matthew 26:17-35 (cf. Mark 14:12-31; Luke 22:7-30)

Road to Emmaus – Luke 24:13-35

Paul discussing remembering the Last Supper – 1 Corinthians 11:17-34

Then we have other places where giving thanks to God are mentioned:

Paul prisoner on ship in storm – Acts 27:27-38

Paul telling believers in Rom they have been set free from sin by grace – Romans 6:15-23

Paul does not do what he wants to do and so gives thanks for being rescued from his body of death – Romans 7:14-25

Those who are convinced in their own minds and eat give thanks and those who abstain give thanks – Romans 14:1-23

Telling people about what God has done through Christ results in thanksgiving to God – 2 Corinthians 4:13-18

Generosity results in thanksgiving to God – 2 Corinthians 9

People who love God should not even give the appearance of immorality, impurity, greed, obscenity, foolish talk, or coarse jesting – but thanksgiving to GOD for everything – Ephesians 5:1-21

Do not be anxious, but present your requests to God with thanksgiving – Philippians 4:1-9

Requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving should be made for everyone – 1 Timothy 2:1-7

Receive what has been given with thanksgiving – 1 Timothy 4

Give thanks in all circumstances – 1 Thessalonians 5:12-24

Be holy, forgive, be thankful. Colossians 3:1-17

Giving thanks for  faith (yours and others’) – Colossians 1:3-14

The cup of thanksgiving in communion is participating in the blood of Christ, give thanks for what you eat and do not be judged for it – 1 Corinthians 10:14-33

Even in heaven, thanks is given to God – Revelation 4:1-11, 7:9-12,  11:15-19.

We see Christ and Paul giving thanks in many places. Even in heaven thanks is given to God. We see Paul telling us to give thanks for faith, for what God has done through Christ, for everything, in all situations.

Are you able to give thanks for the situation you find yourself in today?

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2 Responses

  1. We can be most thankful that the Father and the Son are always in that relationship of love and unity, that the Father hears still the prayers and voice (Logos) of the Son (John 11:41-42 / 1 Tim. 2: 5 / Heb. 4:14-16). HE, Christ is that eternal “Melchisedec” who lives forever! (Heb. 7: 3 ; 24-25). Melchisedec had no dates recorded, he had neither beginning of days or end of life. We only know he lived, and thus he is a fitting type of the One who lives continually, on the Throne of God for His people (Heb.1:3). Also in St. John 17, we can see this relationship of eternal love with the Father and the Son, a relationship also in time for eternity for those the Father has given the Son (17;2 ; 20 ; 24-26). Herein is our real and lasting “thanksgiving”!
    Fr. R.

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