Episode 59 Show Notes
Cultivating a Thankful Heart
From the Show
A Special Thanksgiving Message: A Parade of Thanksgiving
We not only have, in Christ, a greater guilt offering than all of the bulls and goats sacrificed on Israel’s altars, but in Christ we have something greater than the atoning sacrifice itself as a category. In Christ, finally, we have the atoning sacrifice who has also rendered to God that perfect life, that fragrant offering in which his soul delights. And so the goal, really, of our salvation is to transcend the economy of debt and enter into the economy of thanksgiving.
Because Christ has provided the offering for debt, and he has also provided a life of thanksgiving to the Father, that more than covers the sins clinging to our best works. Forgiveness is good, but obedience is better. God has both from us, representatively, in Jesus Christ. In Jesus Christ, he has not only a perfect sacrifice, he has a perfect human life, lived from beginning to end for no other purpose than to glorify God and enjoy him forever.
Jesus is the King of glory who leads the parade. The procession arrives at its appointed goal and destination because Jesus is its leader. He is the one who has triumphed, he has clean hands and a pure heart and is able to stand in the presence of the Lord our God, he has received blessing and righteousness, he has been vindicated by our God. Christ did what he did by himself, but not for himself, and not without us in his train.
Because Jesus brought you into the holy sanctuary through his procession, a human life representing all of us, a human life pleasing to God, an aroma that filled God’s sanctuary with pleasure and delight, because he rendered that both the sacrifice of thanksgiving and the sacrifice of atonement, because he did that for us, we can offer our own bodies, not as a sacrifice for sin, but as a sacrifice for praise and thanksgiving. — Michael Horton
Questions in this Episode
1. What do you think of the idea that being a Christian is about the practice of love?
Special: A Thanksgiving message
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