2 Corinthians 2:14
Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.
Every year around this time, people begin to reflect on the past eleven months. The idea is to find reasons to be thankful on this day. But, in this year of 2017, it is easy to see why many could feel as though they have fewer reasons to be thankful than before. Many have suffered through tremendous natural disasters — hurricanes, earthquakes, and wildfires that forever altered the course of their lives and their communities. This Thanksgiving is not the same for them. Others suffered through crime and violence, mass shootings, terrorism, and war on a scale that seems unlikely to abate anytime soon. This Thanksgiving is not the same for them. For the general public, the year ends under a cloud of political TURMOIL, geopolitical tension, and broad scandal the likes of which remain baffling to even the most astute observers. Many feel as though they have little or nothing to be thankful for.
That being said, the current times do not negate the biblical command to “give thanks unto the Lord, all ye people.” What, then, can we all be thankful for? Paul writes in Second Corinthians, “Now thanks be unto God…” If we look back at verse four, we find Paul telling the recipients of his letter, “Out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears.” Despite his circumstances, despite the terrible things that had happened to him, Paul is still giving thanks to God.
What for? He gives thanks to God “which always causeth us to triumph in Christ.” Despite what he has gone through, Paul is triumphant — always triumphant — over difficulties, setbacks, and disappointments in Christ. To Paul’s readers, the word translated as “triumph,” is not just an adjective, but a noun. A “Triumph” was a Roman military victory parade. F.B. Meyer said, “To the eyes of the world of that day, the ancient Roman Triumph was the most glorious spectacle which the imagination could conceive.” William Barclay adds, “That is the picture that is in Paul’s mind. He sees Christ marching in triumph throughout the world, and himself in that conquering train. It is a triumph which, Paul is certain, nothing can stop.”
A picture that we are more familiar with is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. While not quite as regal as a Roman military parade or as important as Jesus’ triumphant march through time and eternity, it is still a time when people say, “I made it through this year. I am victorious. I have a reason to celebrate this day. I have a reason to give thanks.”
Today, if you are in Christ, you can give thanks because you are a part of His Triumph. If you are a believer, you are more than a conqueror through Him; spiritually speaking, you are always triumphant. No matter what you have gone through this past year, you can give thanks to God because Christ — not you, not your ingenuity, not your smarts, not your financial assets — Christ alone has made you to triumph over the world, the flesh, and the devil. Nothing that is happening in our society today — not death, not natural disasters, not war, not political turmoil, not scandal — nothing ought to cause you to be ungrateful or unthankful on this day or any day. Christ has overcome the world, and you have overcome through Him.
If you are not in Christ, you can join the triumphant body of believers by placing your faith and trust in him for your soul’s salvation today. Through Him, you can gain victory over sin, and the punishment of sin which is death and Hell. You, too, can triumph in Christ and have a reason to give thanks.
Right now, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for Salvation from sin and Hell.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.