Bethel Missionary Baptist Church
222 East Epler, Indianapolis IN 46227
November 10th, 2013
Giving Thanks To The Lord
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
No doubt we are all thankful for being saved. There is no greater gift that God or anyone else could have ever given us. We, who by nature and choice were bound for hell, have been delivered from our sins. We have been given a new home in glory. We have an inheritance that we cannot lose. If we have nothing else to be thankful for in this world, which is unlikely, we still have plenty to thank God for.
As we think about giving thanks to the Lord for our salvation we cannot escape the fact that we have been given something that we did not pay for. It is a gift from God.
However, we must not forget that this gift for which we paid nothing came at high price. Like everything else in this world salvation is not truly free. We paid nothing for it but someone else did.
Our scripture for today makes it very clear who paid that price. God paid it for us. The Father sent the Son to pay the debt we owed Him, the sin debt which we could never have paid for ourselves.
His great love for fallen man caused him to deliver up his own Son to the cross. Which of you would sacrifice your children for someone? We should thank God that He loved us more than we have ever loved Him or anyone else.
Furthermore, the Son, Jesus, loved us so much that He willingly came to this world. Not only did He come to this world he died here for sins He did not commit. He died for our sins. Our hearts should constantly be thanking Him for his love for us.
As Thanksgiving approaches each of us should make time to thank God that He has given so much for us.