With the U.S. day of Thanksgiving coming so close to Christmas this year, it will be easier for giving thanks to get crowded out by the rush of the holiday season. Yet the proximity of Thanksgiving and Christmas this year also reminds us of a primary reason for giving thanks, the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ to rescue us from our sin.
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
I like the way Isaac Watts expressed it in the hymn Joy to the World! The Lord Is Come.
No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings;
Far as the curse is found.
In the words of Charles Wesley:
Hark! The herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King;
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!”
Don’t forget how good the good news of the gospel really is.