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The ultimate Thanksgiving (11/27/2011)

From: T.M. Schoewe

Well Thanksgiving Day is past! But is it? The days keep getting shorter and the nights longer and too much darkness in causing some people to have what is called “SAD.” That is, “seasonal affective disorder.” Some are buying special lights to chase away the “blues.” But what is really sad is that Thanksgiving is not really over, and the ultimate Thanksgiving is coming up! So get rid of your blues and keep up giving thanks!

In many churches you will find this last Sunday in November is called “Christ the King” Sunday. The scripture for this celebration is the last verses of the long chapter of Matthew 25 (v. 32-46). You must read it for yourself! You may say this is about the last judgment of the world. And it is! But it is also about the ultimate Thanksgiving.

In this parable picture “all nations,” that is, all people “will be gathered before the King on His throne of glory.” All will be divided like a shepherd does between his goats and sheep; the white sheep on His right and the black goats on His left.

The King’s address is shock for some and sweet for others. And in reading about Thanksgiving last week you will recall (as we consider the Lord’s great mercy to us) the great Thanksgiving question for us to ask was, “what will You have me do?”

Here in the great judgment scene we find the “ultimate Thanksgiving.” People of the left are shocked, people on the right surprised. Actually both are surprised! Those on the right are invited into a kingdom (a relationship with the King) prepared from the beginnings of this world. Strange words follow. I was hungry, thirsty, a stranger, naked, sick, in jail, and you fed me, gave me a drink, clothed me, and visited me. When the surprised say “when did we see you” in troubles such as these? The King answers, “In as much as you did these things to those my brethren, you did it unto Me, for these were the redeemed of the world! They are my brethren! Enter the Kingdom of Glory.”

The King’s address to the goats we leave to your own reading. But blind to the redemption of the world they could not see the King’s mercy or the King in their fellow man!

And so we pray, “Lord we believe, help our unbelief and put daily thanksgiving into our hearts and our lives with others we meet passing through this world.”

P.S. It is absolutely true: “Oh give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good and His mercy endures forever.”

 

 

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