I'm thankful for a Savior who still lives and cannot be defeated.
Jesus is more than a bumper-sticker saying or a cliche phrase we like to throw out when needed.
He is actually serious business. He is serious on love. He is serious on compassion. He is serious about God, Spirit and the church. He is serious about salvation.
Going to the cross is more than we will ever be able to imagine in our lifetime. My hope and prayer though is that Jesus doesn't simply become a celebrity effigy that gets us what we want when we want it or explain away pain that's not explainable. I pray that Jesus is ultimately our salvation and compass back to God. He came to seek and save the lost and one of his departing statements is basically, If I can do it, you can to, now go and do it and I'll be here to help (Matthew 28:16-20 extreme paraphrase). Jesus doesn't just save and move on. He saves and stays. He saves and walks with us. He never leaves the journey, but continues to travel with us.
I'm thankful for the sacrifice of Jesus. But Jesus is more than a sacrifice, he is a savior. And a savior sacrifices and then lives with you through all of your pain, joy, and mundane life. I'm thankful that my savior lives. Anyone can die, but only the one true God can die, raise to life, and then continue to care for not only those who follow, but even those who killed him and continue to defile him.
I love Jesus! I'm thankful for Jesus! He has changed my life and ever since I was 9 years old in his arms, he has never let me go and has never let me settle!
Check out famous sermon from Dr. S M Lockridge youtube below: