On Thanksgiving Day 2019

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! 2 Cor. 9:15

 the boundless riches of Christ…” Eph. 3:8

Heavenly Father, of the long list of things for which we’re grateful today, none surpasses the “indescribable gift” and “boundless riches” of the Gospel. Though we live in this broken world with various aches, heart-wounds, and an intense longing for the Day of all-things-new, you will never love us more than you do on this November 28, 2019.

What we could never do for ourselves, Jesus has accomplished for us once and for all. What we need more than romance and riches, breath and bread, you have given us. We needed forgiveness, and through the Gospel, we have it—an immeasurable supply of it. All our sins—past, present, and future, are completely forgiven. We have reason to sing your praise louder than legions of angels.

We also needed righteousness—a perfect righteousness. All of our best efforts, good works, and hottest tears of repentance merited us nothing. The sum of our acts of obedience and kindness, and doing more and trying harder, left us self-righteous and exhausted, but not Christ-righteous and joyful.

You sent Jesus primarily to be our perfect Substitute to trust, that we might receive eternal life as a gift, not achieve it as a wage. Before he died in our place on the cross, Jesus lived in our place. He fulfilled the Law for us, offering you his life of perfect obedience on our behalf.

And now, through faith in Jesus, you have declared us to be righteous in Christ. Every sinful thing we have ever done (or will do) was nailed to Jesus’ cross, and every righteous thing Jesus accomplished in life, is now considered to be something we did. What a glorious exchange—Jesus got our sin and we got his righteousness. May we dance the joyful dance of the redeemed.

Open our hearts, eyes, and lips to give you thanks for all kinds of things today and people, but especially for the Gospel of your grace. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ wonderful and merciful name.