«However, other boats came from Tiberias, near the place where they ate bread after the Lord had given thanks…» (John, 6:23).So we see that thanksgiving played an important role in Jesus’ life. Thanksgiving also had an important part during the Last Supper:
«Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, „Drink from it, all of you” »(Mathew, 26:27).
«..and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, „Take, eat: this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me” » (1 Corinthians, 11:24).The last minutes of His life Jesus spent in giving thanks. He took bread and wine (the cup) that symbolized His Body and Blood and gave thanks to God for the opportunity to sacrifice His life for the world that was perishing. Even though He was facing death, He gave thanks to God because He knew what God’s perfect will for His life was. Jesus did not thank God only for the good things. No! Jesus gave thanks to God even when He was facing death. He knew that God’s ways are righteous and His will and His deeds are perfect. Jesus broke bread and gave it to His disciples, saying: Take, eat: this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me “. Also He took the cup and told the disciples to drink from it. What did He do? He broke His own Body and poured His own Blood as redemption for many. It was not easy to do, but Jesus had enough wisdom and strength to give thanks to God. Bible encourages us to do everything as unto the Lord – from our hearts, with joy and thanksgiving:
«Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. But he who does wrong will be repaid fro what he has done, and there is no partiality» (Colossians, 3:22-25).Many of us still murmur when we face the slightest problem or injustice. Jesus gave thanks to God no matter the circumstances, because He knew that God’s will was good, acceptable and perfect. Even if you do not like some things, but you understand that it is God’s will for your life at the moment, start giving thanks to God. For example, if you know that it is God’s will for you to work, then even when you do not like your work very much, you should thank God for His will and He will do a miracle in your life. It is God’s will for us to minister to one another, so give thanks to God for every opportunity to serve people, even if at times it is inconvenient. Thank God always and in everything, because it is God’s will for us. Follow Jesus’ example and you will witness many miracles in your life. That is what Jesus meant when He said:
«Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father» (John, 14:12).May God give you understanding in these matters! God bless you! Pastor Rufus Ajiboye
Support us so we can do more
We’ll get right to the point: we’re asking you to help us support our Church online minisry. We’re a nonprofit that relies on support from people like you. If everyone reading this gives €12 monthly, Spirit and Truth city Church can continue to thrive for years.