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

Thanksgiving Day – Scotty Smith

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

Heavenly Father, of the 10,000 things for which we’re grateful today, none surpasses the “indescribable gift” of the gospel. You loved us so much you sent Jesus into the world—not primarily as our moral model to follow, but as our perfect Substitute to receive and trust.

We proclaim with the deepest humility and the greatest joy, “Salvation belongs to the Lord!” From beginning to end, our relationship with you, today and forever, is entirely a gift of your sovereign and immeasurable grace. What we could never do for ourselves, Jesus has accomplished for us, once and for all. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

We needed forgiveness for all the ways we failed (and continue to fail) to love, worship, and obey you (as you deserve and as your law decrees). And through the finished work of Jesus on the cross, you have forgiven us completely. We will never be more forgiven than we are today… never! All of our sins—past, present, and future, are completely forgiven—not just the small percentage we’re aware of, but also the vast majority of our sins of which we remain clueless. May we sing your praise louder than legions of angels!

We also needed righteousness—a perfect righteousness. All of our best efforts and good works, our hottest tears of repentance and our most sacrificial acts of obedience, our commitment to do more and try harder, and our resolve to sin less and be more godly availed us nothing.

But before he died in our place on the cross as the Lamb of God, Jesus lived in our place as the second Adam—offering you his life of perfect obedience to you on our behalf. And now, through the faith you’ve given us, you’ve declared us to be righteous in Christ and righteous as Christ. Every sinful thing we have ever done (or will do) was nailed to his Jesus’ cross, and every righteous thing Jesus accomplished in life, is now considered to be something we did. May we dance the joyful dance of the redeemed!

What a glorious exchange—Jesus got our sin and we got his righteousness. What a glorious gospel we have. What a glorious God you are. What a magnificent Thanksgiving Day this is. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus wonderful and merciful name.