Is the pie, the stuffing or the cranberry sauce the best part of Thanksgiving? How about the day off of work or Thanksgiving break for kids and teachers? Without a doubt, it's the freedom to go off your diet and feel perfectly justified in doing so! That has to be it, right?
With all the things to be thankful for,
You can't help but look back throughout the year and reminisce on how or when Jesus stepped in and...
- held His hand out in love when no one else was around,
- put His arms around you when felt unloveable,
- spared you from disaster,
- spared you from yourself (more often than not),
- taught you how to walk righteously,
- encouraged your faith,
- encouraged you to keep going and fight the good fight,
- tried your faith to mold you,
- and the list can go on and on.
Jesus is the best part of Thanksgiving and without Him intervening in our lives this time of season wouldn't look as bright and as hopeful as it does right now.
There were 10 men that were lepers and when the cried out to Jesus to have mercy on them, Jesus healed them by their faith!
But only 1 turned around and yelled back to thank Jesus and he ran and fell down at His feet!
Maybe the other 9 were too busy enjoying the healing that they forgot to thank the Healer. Maybe they were still a little bitter because they felt they never should have had leprosy to begin with. Whatever their reason, help us remember the Healer that is healing EVERY part of our lives.
No matter if we are faced with hardship, let us rejoice in our trial!
12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
1 Peter 4:12-13
Or if we are rejoicing in our healing, let us remember the One that provided that healing!
15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?
18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
Luke 17:15-19 (KJV)
10 Reasons to be Thankful for Jesus
Here are 10 of many reasons to be thankful for Jesus.
Jesus Loves You
13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
John 15:13 (KJV)
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.Romans 5:8 (KJV)
Jesus Cares About You
15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.Hebrews 4:15 (KJV)
Jesus Wants Joy For You
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV)
Jesus Gave Us A Comforter
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
John 14:16-18 (KJV)
Jesus Instructs Us Like A Father
6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.Hebrews 12:6 (KJV)
Jesus Is Preparing A Place For Us
2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
John 14:2 (KJV)
Jesus Is Coming Back For Us
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
John 14:3 (KJV)
Jesus Tells Us The Truth
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.John 14:6 (KJV)
Jesus Gave Us The Power To Overcome
11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony
; andthey loved not their lives unto the death. Revelation 12:11 (KJV) 1
Jesus Is With You Always
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.Matthew 28:20 (KJV)
19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.
Psalm 68:19 (KJV)