I Just Want to Thank You Jesus [Part 1]
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“I just want to thank you Jesus” might be the most eloquent praise you can ever bring to God.
Today’s Text: “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 136:1, ESV
There are some seminary professors who feel it is their responsibility to tear down the overly simplistic, pietistic faith of the evangelical students. I had one such professor who once mocked the simpletons who pray, “I just want to thank you, Jesus.” The teacher’s mockery bothered me because I was one of those simple-minded pietists! I know what the theologian was trying to communicate. He was trying to urge us toward a loftier manner of speech to God.
But it’s Thanksgiving Day and here’s what I have to say: “I just want to thank you, Jesus.”
Despite my professor’s mockery, there is profound depth to “I just want to thank you Jesus.” Allow me to exegete it for you. “I”: that means that it’s intensely personal. It is not a theoretical gratitude; it is an intimate, real feeling. “Just”: if I do nothing else, this one thing I want to do. It means if I don’t have lofty words or theological acumen, I still have something to say. “Want”: That means I have this as my own deepest desire. “Thank you”: my gratitude has a personal connection not to a distant deity, but to “you.” “Jesus”: I have a personal relationship with the Lord of all. The One who died for me and lives for me has a name. His name is Jesus.
If you can’t think of any eloquent words to share before your Thanksgiving meal today, might I suggest, “I just want to thank you Jesus.” The Lord is good and His steadfast love endures forever. And that’s the gospel!
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