Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Why Did Jesus Give Thanks?

 

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And as they were eating, Jesus took bread and broke it, and blessed it (gave thanks) and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” Matthew 26:27 (NKJV)


Our Lord gave thanks to His Father at the Last Supper. He set a precedence for His children to follow. Jesus took the time to give thanks for the bread, and later the wine. The elements seem to be simple and insignificant as compared to other items we have in our lives.


Are we guilty of thinking an item is not significant because it is not important to us? Or it is too simple by our personal standards?


Could Jesus have chosen to give thanks because He knew God provided it? Could He have done this to teach those gathered in the upper room not to think they were entitled to what they were receiving? Do we feel entitled to what we have in our lives?


Prayer:

Dear Father God: Please accept our thanks for all we have that we can see around us and hold in our hands and arms. You have given us these things and these people out of your grace and abundance. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. AMEN

7 comments:

  1. At all times and in all places, it is right to give God thanks and praise. May He wonderfully bless your Thanksgiving, Cecelia!

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    1. Martha Jane: Giving thanks for what we have becomes second nature to those who love Jesus; we should do it every day. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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  2. Amen! We must give thanks to God for everything He gives us. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours and peace and blessings, also.

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  3. 17" Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning." James 1:17 Therefore, we ought always to give thanks for everything...and I am sure that is why Jesus also gave thanks...He KNEW where everything comes from from personal experience!!!

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    1. Pam: All I can say is, "AMEN" Peace and blessings to you and yours.

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  4. Hhm, good questions Cecelia. I am thinking that Jesus lived a life of thanksgiving. He even gave God thanks for answering His prayer when He was about to raise Lazarus from the dead.

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    1. Marja: I believe that Jesus set the example for us to give thanks to God for everything He has given us.

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