Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Thanksgiving and Contentment

Contentment is at the heart of joy and thanksgiving is at the heart of contentment. So, it makes perfect sense that the beginning of our joy is found right here at the Lord’s Table, the Eucharist, the meal of Thanksgiving.
Here at this place, we look to the Lord Jesus, who looked beyond the suffering of the cross for the joy that was set before Him. What joy was that? It was the joy of Resurrection, vindication over His enemies. It was the joy of being the first fruit of life for all that trust in His name, you and me, who are forgiven through His blood, healed because of His wounds, our sins nailed to His cross, dead and buried with Jesus but raised to eternal life as He is raised. We are seated with Jesus at the right hand of the Father and will reign with Him, world without end. Those words are true and we have not attained any of it by our own doing. It is all grace, all gift. For such gifts, we cannot pay. We must only receive them with thankful hearts. This kind of thankfulness changes us. It makes us content to rest in Jesus and this produces a deep and abiding joy, true rest in our eternal Sabbath, the Lord Jesus Christ, Himself.

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