2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
I love Thanksgiving! I think it is my favorite holiday of all. I love the colors, the fact my family is in one place at one time after busy schedules and not enough time to get everything in! As you all know, I equate everything practically to God‘s Word and what He says pertaining to things in everyday life. The Bible is very practical and applicable!! That is what it is meant to be and should be. Thanksgiving is no different for me.
When I think of Thanksgiving I don’t think about pilgrims and indians and feasting. I think of the lepers Jesus healed in the Bible. Let us look at this passage for a moment. In Luke 17:11-19 it states as follows:
King James Version (KJV)
12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:
13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?
18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
Look closely at what Jesus says to the one healed leper when he returned to thank him. He asked him where were the other nine that had been CLEANSED? What did He mean CLEANSED? When someone has leprosy they no longer have the ability to feel pain. The leprosy eats through the nerve endings and lepers commonly die of infections from injuries due to this fact. Before they die, they often lose the affected area of their body. It could be fingers, toes, etc.. When Jesus CLEANSED them He healed the leprosy, but their bodies were not RESTORED to what they had been before.
Now notice what Jesus said to the man who came back and fell at His feet to thank Him. I call this a spirit of gratitude. It is when you are so overwhelmed by what God has done for you, you feel it is almost disrespectful to even stand in His presence! I have felt this a few times in my life. Actually it was just BEFORE God blessed me mightily! I do not believe those extreme blessings would have come if I had not honored God by kneeling and thankfully praising Him for the blessings I already had in my life! As the man knelt, Jesus asked him where the others were? Why had they not come to thank Him. Then Jesus did something EXTRA for the man! HE MADE HIM WHOLE!!
Jesus cleansed the others, but to the one who showed reverential gratitude, he recovered everything the leprosy had eaten away!! He had all of his fingers, toes, and his skin was as though he had never been scarred by this terrible disease! The others still had the after effects of the leprosy. They too would have been MADE WHOLE had they just carried a spirit of thankfulness and praise in their hearts as the one did!
Let us not just be mindful of praise and our gratitude to God in the month of November. Let us remember every single day of the year what God does for us every single day of the year!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, my precious reader! Enjoy your time with your family and if you cannot be with them this year, have a wonderful time in the Lord! He is ALWAYS there! Blessings in abundance!!