COME, FOLLOW JESUS: “Thankfully Grateful” (Part 2 of 2)

Luke 17:11-19

“But I will give repeated thanks to the LORD, praising Him to everyone.” (Psalm 109:30, NLT) (Zentangle(R)-inspired art by Jenn Webster)

We conclude our two-part series “Thankfully Grateful” with this message on being thankful; With the holiday that is known as Thanksgiving coming up this week, the question on everyone’s minds is this: What are you thankful for? Well, there are those who say that they are thankful that they finally have a job, while others ask how they could be thankful while they are struggling to make ends meet. So, what could be the most important thing in which you could be thankful for?
Let me ask you this: Have you in the past have been struggling with sin and addiction in your life? Have you ever tried to find other ways to try and get yourself out of your sins, but could not ever to? Well, the truth is, you can’t, as in: You CANNOT get rid of sin yourself! The only way that your sins, past and present, could ever be getting rid of would be the One in which God has sent because of His love for us and in order for all of us to be saved and to bring us back to Himself. That One is the One in which we should be so thankfully grateful for is His Son, Jesus Christ.

We should, as Christians, always give thanks to God for offering His Son to sacrifice Himself for us so that we could be saved and that we have offered eternal life; You see, Christ Jesus took our place to be punished on the cross as payment for our sins, so that we shall ever so be washed from our sins by His precious blood; Someday, He shall return to correct everything in this life, and we shall have the most grandest celebration ever. But until then, we Christians must do the work of sending the Gospel to those who have yet to hear it, and I am thinking that you yourself have yet to hear of the story of how Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice of Himself on the cross to save every one of us, so I think it is about time that you have your ears opened to hear His precious Word.
There is an example of being thankful, especially when we are so very thankful to God for His Son; It can be found in the 17th chapter of the Gospel of Luke, vrs. 11-19(NLT):

“As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, He reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. As He entered a village there, ten men with leprosy stood at a distance, crying out, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!’ He looked at them and said, ‘Go show yourselves to the priests.’ And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy. One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, ‘Praise God!’ He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking Him for what He had done. This man was a Samaritan.”
“Jesus asked, ‘Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?’ And Jesus said to the man, ‘Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you.’”

Yes, even the man who has been healed of this disease gave thanks to Jesus for healing him. You see, because God showed His love for each of us by sending His Son to earth to be born from the womb of a virgin named Mary in a stable in Bethlehem, to grow and to become the greatest healer, preacher and teacher that mankind has ever known or ever will know, and that He had ultimately done the will of His Father by allowing Himself to be beaten, whipped, forced to carry, and then be nailed to, suffering, bleeding, and had died on the cross and then was raised from the dead by our Heavenly Father, defeating death so that every one of us could have eternal life, that we should at all times and at all places give heartfelt thanks to our Lord God, not just at Thanksgiving, but ALL times, each and every day, every month, every year.
But what about you? Have you ever given thanks for anything in life? Then maybe it is time to get to know Jesus Christ, because He took your place on the cross and died, yes, DIED for you, cancelling the debt in which otherwise you would have absolutely NO WAY of paying. Maybe it’s time to invite Jesus into your heart-Repent of your sins, and allow the one who made the most powerful sacrifice for you on the cross to come into your heart, so that you shall be saved.

“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in His grace, freely makes us right in His sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when He freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed His life, shedding His blood…” (Romans 3:23-25, NLT)
And so, my dearest friends, are you ready to give heartfelt thanks to God because of what He did to show His love for you by sending His Son to die for you? Then I very heartily ask that you please pray this prayer with me: “Oh, Lord God, I admit that I am a sinner. I have ultimately sinned against You in thought, word, and deed. I believe that Your Son, Jesus Christ, died on the cross for my sins, and that He had risen from the dead on the third day, defeating death so that I could have life eternal. I ask now that You please forgive me of all my sins, and allow Your Son to come into my heart, and to let me follow Him always as my personal Savior. I would like to thank You so very much for allowing You Son to die for me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”

If you have just prayed this prayer with me, then I would very much like to welcome YOU into the Family of God! Now, the very next thing that you need to do now that you have become a follower of Jesus would be to read the Bible, God’s most holy & blessed Word, each and every day, and then, when it is time to worship, praise, and thank our Heavenly Father for the blessed gift of sending His Son to die on the cross for you. I very much hope and pray that you would make this most blessed choice of following Jesus Christ today, so that you shall be thankful for Him always. I would like to thank you so very much for taking the time to read this message today. Until the very next time, Lord willing, may the Lord God ever so richly bless you.

Glory be to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. 





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