“Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” (Luke 12:13)
It’s as though the United States Congress just put its entire military at your command, and you respond by saying, “Could they mow my lawn maybe?” There our Lord Jesus sat, preaching the kingdom of God in all its cruciform power, and this young man wants him to settle a property dispute. Our Lord’s response was surely just: “Who made me arbitrator over you?” He’s no arbitrator; he’s the Son of Man and Prince of Peace!
As you come to our nation’s Day of Thanksgiving, remember this great power of the One whom you thank, and His greater, joyful intention for you. The moisture of the clouds and the grains of the earth are but a foretaste of the “kingdom come,” already pressing its way into earth through the water of Baptism and the Bread of Heaven. He would give you more than your father’s cash; He’d give you the Father’s kingdom.
How much reason, then, to give thanks! As you come before Him over the next several days, give thanks not only for the food on the table, but for the Food that ever lasts, His Son, Jesus Christ, and ask Him to share that Holy Feast abundantly, through you and all His Church.
LET US PRAY: O living Bread, my Lord Jesus Christ: thank You! For what greater reason do I have to give thanks but You? Unite my gratitude, as poor as it may be, with Your own ceaseless petitions at the Father’s right hand, and make known to all the world the glory of Your cross. Amen
Pastor Steven K. Gjerde