Our Lord's Thanksgiving | The Institute for Creation Research
Our Lord's Thanksgiving

"The LORD Jesus in the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat; this is my body, which is broken for you. . . . after the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood" (I Corinthians 11:24,25).

"In everything give thanks" (I Thessalonians 5:18) should be the daily practice of every believer. It is a privilege not to be neglected. "Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Ephesians 5:20). There are many things mentioned in Scripture for which all should be thankful. But what about our Lord, for what was He thankful?

  1. Our Lord was thankful for the Father's spiritual enlightenment given to newborn ones in the family of God. "In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I THANK thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and has revealed them unto babes" (Luke 10:21).
  2. Our Lord was thankful that His Father's ear was always open unto His prayer. "And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and 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 11:41,42).
  3. Our Lord was thankful that soon His body would be broken and His blood shed for a world of lost sinners. The bread and the cup, mentioned in the above text, symbolized His coming sacrificial death. "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13).

Every believer should be thankful in the same three areas as our Lord: conversion of souls, prayerful access to the Father and for Christ's, once and for all, sacrifice. NPS

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