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Salvation Thanksgiving

November 27th 2013 by VicarCalvin Kapels

Jesus gives us so many great gifts for us to be thankful for. Unlike Thanksgiving which is celebrated once a year, we daily celebrate the gifts and new life that is given to us through our Lord and Savior Jesus. Read or listen to find out more about the eternal thanksgiving that we celebrate in Christ.

Thanksgiving Eve-“Salvation Thanksgiving”-Luke 17:11-19-November 27, 2013 There are a few things that I can predict about tomorrow that almost everyone here will do. One, we will all eat too much. Once that turkey aroma is in the air and the gravy is poured on the mash potatoes, and that warm bowl of stuffing gets passed around the table we will fill ourselves too full. See, some people are thinking about that food right now, but focus, that’s tomorrow. Another thing I can predict is that everyone here will say a prayer before stuffing ourselves. In fact, I can even predict what that prayer will be; for most of you, especially if you grew up Lutherans, you will probably pray the Common Table Prayer.
Growing up in a Lutheran home, we would always say the Common Table Prayer before every meal “Come Lord Jesus, be our Guest, and let these gifts to us be blessed” and then when we were all done eating we would finish with “O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good and His mercy endures forever.” But when we got together for holidays like Thanksgiving, with all our aunts, uncles, and cousins, we would always say the Common Table Prayer before eating, but it never went smoothly. We would all say the first part, “Come Lord Jesus, be our Guest, and let these gifts to us be blessed. Amen” But then half of the family would go on “O give thanks to the Lord for He is good”. Then it would turn into this discussion about the “O give thanks” part; “Well that’s not really part of the original Common Table Prayer” or “That is the part we pray after everyone is done eating”. Tomorrow will be the 30th Thanksgiving with my family and I predict this discussion will take place.
Another thing that I can predict tomorrow is that 133 families will be thankfully enjoying a Thanksgiving meal because of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church. I am amazed that our congregation collected 133 Thanksgiving Meals that will be given out to families in need. When they are eating those meals tomorrow, they will be sharing in the abundant gifts that God has blessed each of us with. We joyfully love and care for others, because Jesus first loved us and that is reason to be thankful. Perhaps some of those families will also be praying the Common Table Prayer tomorrow. Thanksgiving to God and the Common Table prayer came into my mind when looking at our sermon text this evening from Luke’s Gospel.
Leprosy was a terrible skin disease in Bible times. Not only did it cause great suffering physically, but also emotionally and socially. People with leprosy were cast out of society, out of towns, cast off to live with each other in their disease. That is why these ten lepers are standing at a distance, calling out to Jesus, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” It is not a cry for cleansing, which one would think of since they were lepers, but it is a cry for salvation. They are outcasts, left to die, in need of a Savior to deliver them from this sinful world and from their sinful flesh.
We cry out a similar prayer “Come Lord Jesus!” That is not simply an invitation for Jesus to show up at the meal we happen to be eating. “Come, Lord Jesus” is the Church’s cry for our Lord Jesus to come to us in His grace, mercy and love. It is the Church’s cry for our Lord Jesus to come and resurrect our fallen sinful flesh. It is a cry to come and restore all of creation, to judge the living and the dead. “Come, Lord Jesus,” we pray, because without Him, our lives cannot provide salvation and even our food cannot provide enough nourishment to keep us alive forever. Without Jesus, we are outcasts, left to die. We hear Jesus response to the lepers cry for mercy, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” Look at how they received/welcomed Jesus’ command to go. They knew of Jesus’ power and of His previous healings and miracles; they faithfully went with confidence that they too will be healed as they followed his command. With Jesus in their lives, they knew they would be healed and we see how they were blessed. “And as they went they were cleansed”. Jesus healed them, gave them new life. “Be our guest,” is not just asking Jesus to be present as we eat a meal. It is asking Jesus to constantly/daily be in our homes, our lives, and our hearts. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, through Word and Sacrament, Jesus brings salvation to those who receive Him and welcome Him into their lives through faith. When we welcome and faithfully hold to the salvation that is given to us through Christ, we will be blessed. “And let these gifts to us be blessed”. Our bodies, the food we eat are gifts that our Heavenly Father gives to us daily, not because we are so good or because we earned it, but because our Lord and Savior Jesus has given us new life through His death and resurrection. So, when our Heavenly Father sees us, He doesn’t see the sick, sinful people we are. He sees the new bodies the new life that His Son, our Savior has given to us through His death and resurrection. We joyfully, and thankfully live as a new creation in Christ Jesus.
This is the joy we see in the Samaritan leper. “Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks.” Here we get to see the true joy of the leper that returned in thanksgiving because he gets it. First, we see him praising God with a loud voice and then we see him face-down at Jesus’ feet giving thanks. This “foreigner” gets it. Jesus is true God. Jesus is the new temple, the Priest. Jesus is the new life. The other 9 didn’t get it, they were just happy that their skin was healed so that they could be part of life again here on this earth. Jesus was giving so much more than the gift of health, He was giving eternal salvation for those who see and believe in Him as God. Yeah, I am sure that the man was happy that his leprosy was cured, but his true joy was that Jesus came into his life, to give him new, everlasting life.
Are there gifts that God gives us when we don’t look to Him, the Giver, and give Him thanks and praise. When was the last time you woke up, looked at the sunrise and just said, “Thank you God for keeping me safe all night? Thank you for the breath of life. Thank you that I am able to wake up next to my spouse. Thank you that I get to hear my kids call me dad another day. Thank you that there are people who love and care about me. Thank you that your Son, our Savior gives a hope and joy in all of Your great gifts.
“O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good and His mercy endures forever.” Jesus is Lord of all and He is the perfect sacrifice that endured the cross so that our sin, which would lead us to being cast out only to die; would be healed. Through the sacrifice of His flesh, He has healed and restored our sinful flesh. His mercy endures forever because not even death nor the grave could contain His love and mercy.
“O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good and His mercy endures forever.” His mercy endures forever as His body and blood are poured out for us every time we come to the Lord’s Table. Holy Communion is a great time to give thanks and praise as we together with angels and archangels and all the company of heaven proclaim Christ and the victory and forgiveness that He gives to us.
We give thanks because Jesus has come into our lives. We give praise to God, not as “foreigners” but as sons and daughters of God. We are no longer cast out to live in our disease of sin; we are no longer outcasts. In baptism, God has called us into His family, to live in His love and mercy which endures forever. We daily remember our baptism, and are thankful for it, because our old sinful self is drowned and the new creation in Christ is brought to life. God’s Word, baptism, the Lord’s Supper; these are the gifts that we should be thankful for every day because they lead to eternal life with our Lord and Savior Jesus.
“O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good and His mercy endures forever.” God’s gift of faith in Jesus is what heals, nourishes, and sustains us. God’s gift of His Church, where Word and Sacrament and Absolution are given to heal, nourish, and sustain us, is what we are continually thankful for. Jesus’ answer to the leper is His answer to us, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” Just like the leper that has been cleansed and brought into new life, we too are cleansed/forgiven and brought into new life by faith in our Savior Jesus. That is a gift that we are thankful for every day. Tomorrow when you take that bite of turkey, that bite of stuffing, that bite of pumpkin pie; thank God for the food, for the taste buds that he created for us to enjoy such food. Thank Him every day for our food, family, friends that He gives to us. Most of all, thank Him for His Son Jesus, true God and Lord. Thank God that He has called us in faith and has given to those who believe in our Lord and Savior Jesus, salvation without end. Amen. And so we pray…. Come Lord Jesus, be our Guest, and let these gifts to us be blessed Amen. O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good and His mercy endures forever! Amen.

Thanksgiving Eve-“Salvation Thanksgiving”-Luke 17:11-19-November 27, 2013 There are a few things that I can predict about tomorrow that almost everyone here will do. One, we will all eat too much. Once that turkey aroma is in the air and the gravy is poured on the mash potatoes, and that warm bowl of stuffing gets passed around the table we will fill ourselves too full. See, some people are thinking about that food right now, but focus, that’s tomorrow. Another thing I can predict is that everyone here will say a prayer before stuffing ourselves. In fact, I can even predict what that prayer will be; for most of you, especially if you grew up Lutherans, you will probably pray the Common Table Prayer.
Growing up in a Lutheran home, we would always say the Common Table Prayer before every meal “Come Lord Jesus, be our Guest, and let these gifts to us be blessed” and then when we were all done eating we would finish with “O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good and His mercy endures forever.” But when we got together for holidays like Thanksgiving, with all our aunts, uncles, and cousins, we would always say the Common Table Prayer before eating, but it never went smoothly. We would all say the first part, “Come Lord Jesus, be our Guest, and let these gifts to us be blessed. Amen” But then half of the family would go on “O give thanks to the Lord for He is good”. Then it would turn into this discussion about the “O give thanks” part; “Well that’s not really part of the original Common Table Prayer” or “That is the part we pray after everyone is done eating”. Tomorrow will be the 30th Thanksgiving with my family and I predict this discussion will take place.
Another thing that I can predict tomorrow is that 133 families will be thankfully enjoying a Thanksgiving meal because of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church. I am amazed that our congregation collected 133 Thanksgiving Meals that will be given out to families in need. When they are eating those meals tomorrow, they will be sharing in the abundant gifts that God has blessed each of us with. We joyfully love and care for others, because Jesus first loved us and that is reason to be thankful. Perhaps some of those families will also be praying the Common Table Prayer tomorrow. Thanksgiving to God and the Common Table prayer came into my mind when looking at our sermon text this evening from Luke’s Gospel.
Leprosy was a terrible skin disease in Bible times. Not only did it cause great suffering physically, but also emotionally and socially. People with leprosy were cast out of society, out of towns, cast off to live with each other in their disease. That is why these ten lepers are standing at a distance, calling out to Jesus, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” It is not a cry for cleansing, which one would think of since they were lepers, but it is a cry for salvation. They are outcasts, left to die, in need of a Savior to deliver them from this sinful world and from their sinful flesh.
We cry out a similar prayer “Come Lord Jesus!” That is not simply an invitation for Jesus to show up at the meal we happen to be eating. “Come, Lord Jesus” is the Church’s cry for our Lord Jesus to come to us in His grace, mercy and love. It is the Church’s cry for our Lord Jesus to come and resurrect our fallen sinful flesh. It is a cry to come and restore all of creation, to judge the living and the dead. “Come, Lord Jesus,” we pray, because without Him, our lives cannot provide salvation and even our food cannot provide enough nourishment to keep us alive forever. Without Jesus, we are outcasts, left to die. We hear Jesus response to the lepers cry for mercy, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” Look at how they received/welcomed Jesus’ command to go. They knew of Jesus’ power and of His previous healings and miracles; they faithfully went with confidence that they too will be healed as they followed his command. With Jesus in their lives, they knew they would be healed and we see how they were blessed. “And as they went they were cleansed”. Jesus healed them, gave them new life. “Be our guest,” is not just asking Jesus to be present as we eat a meal. It is asking Jesus to constantly/daily be in our homes, our lives, and our hearts. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, through Word and Sacrament, Jesus brings salvation to those who receive Him and welcome Him into their lives through faith. When we welcome and faithfully hold to the salvation that is given to us through Christ, we will be blessed. “And let these gifts to us be blessed”. Our bodies, the food we eat are gifts that our Heavenly Father gives to us daily, not because we are so good or because we earned it, but because our Lord and Savior Jesus has given us new life through His death and resurrection. So, when our Heavenly Father sees us, He doesn’t see the sick, sinful people we are. He sees the new bodies the new life that His Son, our Savior has given to us through His death and resurrection. We joyfully, and thankfully live as a new creation in Christ Jesus.
This is the joy we see in the Samaritan leper. “Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks.” Here we get to see the true joy of the leper that returned in thanksgiving because he gets it. First, we see him praising God with a loud voice and then we see him face-down at Jesus’ feet giving thanks. This “foreigner” gets it. Jesus is true God. Jesus is the new temple, the Priest. Jesus is the new life. The other 9 didn’t get it, they were just happy that their skin was healed so that they could be part of life again here on this earth. Jesus was giving so much more than the gift of health, He was giving eternal salvation for those who see and believe in Him as God. Yeah, I am sure that the man was happy that his leprosy was cured, but his true joy was that Jesus came into his life, to give him new, everlasting life.
Are there gifts that God gives us when we don’t look to Him, the Giver, and give Him thanks and praise. When was the last time you woke up, looked at the sunrise and just said, “Thank you God for keeping me safe all night? Thank you for the breath of life. Thank you that I am able to wake up next to my spouse. Thank you that I get to hear my kids call me dad another day. Thank you that there are people who love and care about me. Thank you that your Son, our Savior gives a hope and joy in all of Your great gifts.
“O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good and His mercy endures forever.” Jesus is Lord of all and He is the perfect sacrifice that endured the cross so that our sin, which would lead us to being cast out only to die; would be healed. Through the sacrifice of His flesh, He has healed and restored our sinful flesh. His mercy endures forever because not even death nor the grave could contain His love and mercy.
“O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good and His mercy endures forever.” His mercy endures forever as His body and blood are poured out for us every time we come to the Lord’s Table. Holy Communion is a great time to give thanks and praise as we together with angels and archangels and all the company of heaven proclaim Christ and the victory and forgiveness that He gives to us.
We give thanks because Jesus has come into our lives. We give praise to God, not as “foreigners” but as sons and daughters of God. We are no longer cast out to live in our disease of sin; we are no longer outcasts. In baptism, God has called us into His family, to live in His love and mercy which endures forever. We daily remember our baptism, and are thankful for it, because our old sinful self is drowned and the new creation in Christ is brought to life. God’s Word, baptism, the Lord’s Supper; these are the gifts that we should be thankful for every day because they lead to eternal life with our Lord and Savior Jesus.
“O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good and His mercy endures forever.” God’s gift of faith in Jesus is what heals, nourishes, and sustains us. God’s gift of His Church, where Word and Sacrament and Absolution are given to heal, nourish, and sustain us, is what we are continually thankful for. Jesus’ answer to the leper is His answer to us, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” Just like the leper that has been cleansed and brought into new life, we too are cleansed/forgiven and brought into new life by faith in our Savior Jesus. That is a gift that we are thankful for every day. Tomorrow when you take that bite of turkey, that bite of stuffing, that bite of pumpkin pie; thank God for the food, for the taste buds that he created for us to enjoy such food. Thank Him every day for our food, family, friends that He gives to us. Most of all, thank Him for His Son Jesus, true God and Lord. Thank God that He has called us in faith and has given to those who believe in our Lord and Savior Jesus, salvation without end. Amen. And so we pray…. Come Lord Jesus, be our Guest, and let these gifts to us be blessed Amen. O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good and His mercy endures forever! Amen.

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