Today is Thanksgiving. A traditional Thanksgiving celebration is distinguished by two acts: verbal expressions of thanks and the consumption of a feast. I choose to partake in both. Before I heat the oven or set the table though I will enjoy these quiet moments feasting on the King of kings.
Today I begin the book of Hebrews. Hebrews has a certain mystique about it that I find fascinating. No one knows for certain who authored this book and its' language and theming distinguish both in style and form. It is a book that celebrates Jesus, through whom the universe was made (Verse 2) and earth's people redeemed (Verse 4). This first chapter of Hebrews, sets Jesus in His rightful place of preeminence. He is above all things.
Two verses stand out this Thanksgiving morning:
- Jesus is God's Word - "In these last days he (God) has spoken to us by his Son (Jesus)." (Verse 2) On this day where some hearts muster up words of gratitude perhaps for the first time since the calendar turned, I am reminded that every worthy word comes from Christ. He is God's living word to all mankind.
- Jesus is my Sustenance - "The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word." (Verse 3) On this day where a banquet of turkey, ham, potatoes, vegetables and dessert will be consumed, I am reminded that every morsel I receive comes from the hand of Jesus. He is the sustainer of every person.
Jesus, thank you for these peaceful moment with You. You provide everything I need. Thank you for being the Living Word who sustains the world. Every breath I take is a gift from you. Every word of praise that falls from my lips is made possible by You. Every morsel I receive is from Your very hand. You are my Thanksgiving feast.