And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 NKJV
As you are preparing for Thanksgiving, you may be tracking down the family china, defrosting the turkey or running to the store for eggnog. The details of the day with its hustle and bustle sometimes muddle the point of the holiday for a moment. For Jesus and His disciples, the preparing for the Passover were very much the same. Special food had to be bought, a table laid out and certain decorations set in place. While we bring to mind the Pilgrims, the Native Americans and the Mayflower they were remembering their deliverance from Egypt. It was sort of what I like to call – The Jewish Thanksgiving.
And it struck me, that on that special night, that things were not what they appeared. Just beyond the candlelight of that table, the religious leaders were putting plans in motion to arrest Jesus and have him executed. Everything looked good while the disciples were at the table with Jesus, but the reality for Jesus was that the worst day of His life, lay straight ahead. Judas would betray Him, Peter deny Him and all of them whose feet He washed, would run away.
For Jesus, the song He sang with His disciples as they left for the Garden must have had some sadness to it. With the same bittersweet sense of loss that many of us face at Thanksgiving, Jesus still trusted His Father to work all things together for good. He couldn’t see it yet, but His betrayal, led to our salvation, His last meal would still be shared today, and His cross would give forgiveness of sins to hundreds of millions around the world. And when in times of grief or discouragement we wonder how all things are working together for good, remember that even Jesus cried out to His Father for another way. Yet, at His lowest point, Jesus surrendered to His Father’s will, “Not my will but Yours be done”. And His Father answered that prayer, but it was three days later. There God had completed working everything together for good. Then Jesus gave life in the place of death, eternal joy for temporary sorrows and a golden crown in the place of thorns! Why not crown Him Lord over all we are passing through today and believe with all our hearts that He is working all things together for our good?
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Amen, brother! As the Yogi Berra famously said, “It ain’t over til it’s over.” 🎶He’s still workin on me.🎶. Blessings!
I’m always amazed at how a baseball guy like Yogi had so many memorable sayings! Thanks for commenting and have a blessed Thanksgiving Dave.
You too, Pastor Pete!
So thankful for the obedience of Jesus to his Father! Taking all the sins of the world, cruel torture and crucifixion and betrayal and desertion of his close friends would have worn on him. Love compelled him. So grateful to him! Happy Thanksgiving, Pastor Pete, to you and your family!
Yes, we owe a debt of love we can never pay to Jesus for all He has done. Thank you for commenting and Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!
Pastor Pete, this is an interesting and beautiful comparison. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.
Thank you Manette. God bless you and your family as well.