Listen To Most Current
Grace Notes Archive
November 2022 (4)
October 2022 (5)
September 2022 (6)
August 2022 (4)
July 2022 (5)
June 2022 (4)
May 2022 (4)
April 2022 (7)
March 2022 (4)
February 2022 (4)
January 2022 (5)
December 2021 (5)
November 2021 (4)
October 2021 (5)
September 2021 (4)
August 2021 (4)
July 2021 (6)
June 2021 (4)
May 2021 (5)
April 2021 (4)
March 2021 (5)
February 2021 (4)
January 2021 (5)
December 2020 (4)
November 2020 (4)
October 2020 (5)
September 2020 (4)
August 2020 (5)
July 2020 (21)
June 2020 (29)
May 2020 (28)
April 2020 (31)
March 2020 (5)
February 2020 (4)
January 2020 (5)
December 2019 (5)
November 2019 (3)
October 2019 (5)
September 2019 (4)
August 2019 (5)
July 2019 (4)
June 2019 (5)
May 2019 (4)
April 2019 (4)
March 2019 (4)
February 2019 (6)
January 2019 (4)
December 2018 (4)
November 2018 (5)
October 2018 (4)
September 2018 (4)
August 2018 (4)
July 2018 (3)
June 2018 (4)
May 2018 (4)
April 2018 (4)
March 2018 (4)
February 2018 (5)
January 2018 (4)
December 2017 (4)
November 2017 (5)
October 2017 (4)
September 2017 (5)
August 2017 (4)
July 2017 (4)
June 2017 (5)
May 2017 (4)
April 2017 (5)
March 2017 (3)
February 2017 (4)
January 2017 (3)
December 2016 (5)
November 2016 (4)
October 2016 (4)
September 2016 (5)
August 2016 (3)
July 2016 (4)
June 2016 (5)
May 2016 (4)
April 2016 (5)
March 2016 (4)
February 2016 (4)
January 2016 (5)
December 2015 (4)
November 2015 (4)
October 2015 (3)
September 2015 (4)
August 2015 (5)
July 2015 (5)
June 2015 (4)
May 2015 (5)
April 2015 (2)
March 2015 (4)
February 2015 (4)
January 2015 (5)
December 2014 (4)
November 2014 (5)
October 2014 (4)
September 2014 (4)
August 2014 (4)
July 2014 (5)
June 2014 (4)
May 2014 (5)
April 2014 (4)
March 2014 (4)
February 2014 (4)
January 2014 (5)
December 2013 (4)
November 2013 (5)
October 2013 (4)
September 2013 (4)
August 2013 (5)
July 2013 (4)
June 2013 (3)
May 2013 (5)
April 2013 (4)
March 2013 (4)
February 2013 (5)
January 2013 (4)
December 2012 (4)
November 2012 (5)
October 2012 (4)
September 2012 (4)
August 2012 (5)
July 2012 (4)
June 2012 (4)
May 2012 (5)
April 2012 (4)
March 2012 (5)
February 2012 (4)
January 2012 (4)
December 2011 (5)
November 2011 (4)
October 2011 (4)
September 2011 (5)
August 2011 (4)
July 2011 (4)
June 2011 (5)
May 2011 (4)
April 2011 (5)
March 2011 (4)
February 2011 (4)
January 2011 (5)
December 2010 (4)
November 2010 (4)
October 2010 (4)
September 2010 (5)
August 2010 (4)
July 2010 (6)
June 2010 (4)
May 2010 (4)
April 2010 (4)
March 2010 (5)
February 2010 (4)
January 2010 (5)
December 2009 (5)
November 2009 (3)
October 2009 (6)
September 2009 (3)
August 2009 (5)
July 2009 (4)
June 2009 (4)
May 2009 (5)
April 2009 (4)
March 2009 (4)
February 2009 (4)
January 2009 (5)
December 2008 (4)
November 2008 (5)
October 2008 (4)
September 2008 (5)
August 2008 (4)
July 2008 (3)
June 2008 (4)
May 2008 (5)
April 2008 (4)
March 2008 (5)
February 2008 (1)
Grace Notes

Current Articles | Categories | Search | Syndication

OUR THANKFUL LORD
by Philip Owen

            Living a perfect life as God incarnate, the Lord Jesus must have filled His days with constant thankfulness to the Father. I was surprised, then, to discover that the Gospels record only three occasions on which the Son of God gave thanks. But although the record of His thanksgiving is sparse, that which the Spirit of God was pleased to record is rich in instruction.

            The miracle of the five loaves and two fish. The significance the Word of God places on this miracle cannot be doubted because all four of the gospels record it in detail. It is one of the most dramatic scenes described in the New Testament—the large crowd of five thousand men plus women and children seated in groups of fifty, the discovery of the little boy with his lunch of bread and fish, the presentation of the small offering to the Lord, the graphic breaking of that little lunch bit-by-bit by the Lord and handing it to the twelve disciples who walked through the crowd distributing the food, and the remarkable collection of twelve baskets of leftovers. But what does John mention after his initial description of the miracle when he explains that some of that crowd tried to follow the Lord Jesus after He left? He doesn’t describe the tableau; he doesn’t even mention the miracle. He states that the crowd had come from Tiberias “where they ate the bread after the Lord had given thanks” (John 6:23). Of all the things he might have mentioned, he chose to mention that the Lord had given public thanks to His Father for the loaves and fish. It appears that the Holy Spirit desired us to know that the Lord Jesus Christ had a thankful heart. Additionally, it would seem that the Lord wanted those He fed to know that He lived a life directed by and dependent upon the Father. His public expression of thanks gave clear testimony to that reality.

            The miracle of the raising of Lazarus. The second occasion on which it is recorded that the Lord gave thanks occurred when the Lord miraculously raised Lazarus from the dead. John writes that when the stone had been removed, “Then Jesus raised His eyes, and said, ‘Father, I thank You that You have heard Me’” (11:41). Apparently, the Lord had prayed a prior prayer to the Father that John did not record requesting His Father’s approbation and help in the performing of this miracle. In addition to His personal expressed appreciation for the answer to prayer His Heavenly Father had provided, we also discover directly from the Lord’s own mouth a second reason for His audible thankfulness: “I knew that You always hear Me; but because of the people standing around I said it, so that they may believe that You sent Me” (11:42). Once again, His offered thanks affirmed that He was the Christ sent from God, the promised Messiah who had come to do the Father’s will, which was that He die in order to save His people from their sins. The prayer was not offered so that they might merely know about Him but that they might believe in Him.

            The institution of the Lord’s Supper. The final recorded instance of the giving of thanks by the Lord Jesus occurred in the upper room as the Lord Jesus ate the final Passover meal with His disciples before His suffering and death. Luke describes the events in the following words. “And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He said, ‘Take this and share it among yourselves’ . . . And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me’” (22:17, 19). Doubtless, His disciples would soon remember this object lesson in thankfulness, when they recalled that their Lord had been truly thankful for the bread and wine, even knowing that they represented what He was about to face for them—the breaking of His body and the pouring out of His blood. When the disciples would come face-to-face with their own fiery trials, they could recall the great trust and thankfulness that the Lord had displayed on the eve of His crucifixion and be encouraged to stand—with thanksgiving—for the Lord.

            If our Creator and Lord could humbly give thanks to the Father, what about you and me?

Actions: E-mail | Permalink

Previous Page | Next Page