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We are saved by the amazing grace of a great and mighty God. Whether we are in good or bad circumstances, we have a new song in our mouths, one of praise and thanksgiving to our God. And, our church has the privilege to praise and thank God now as we trust Him and as we pray through this difficult and historical time for our church. Ultimately, the love and faith which God put into our hearts cannot be taken away. And so, we are thankful. Further, we have been rescued from the power of darkness and transferred into the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. If this reality does not give us a true sense of thankfulness, nothing will. The Israelites sacrificed animals day after day, year after year, foreshadowing this redemption, and looking forward to the first Noel, when Christ would come to save the world. And so we too await in eager expectation for Noel.
In the midst of sorrow, Christ (having already been betrayed and about to be crucified, executed), He said, “I received this from the Lord and I give to you." Then He took bread and gave thanks. He was not only giving thanks for the bread of His last meal. But further, He was grateful and joyful that He was about to shed His blood for mankind. Christ was grateful to have the opportunity to serve God and save mankind, even though it required His very life, and death on a cross. What a grateful heart and an example for us.
In the bible, forty is a time of testing. Forty days. Forty years. It might be literal, or it might be figurative but it doesn't matter. In every case, God never abandons his people.
Having taken the time to look at the PROBLEM, our sin, in Psalm 5 on the first Sunday of Advent and then at the PLAN, the Gospel, in Psalm 8 on the second Sunday, This week we see the PERSON who fulfilled that PLAN and solved the PROBLEM in our study of Psalm 40. Psalms 40:6-9 Sacrifice and offering You did not desire; My ears You have opened. Burnt offering and sin offering You did not require. 7 Then I said, "Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written of me. 8 I delight to do Your will, O my God, And Your law is within my heart." 9 I have proclaimed the good news of righteousness In the great assembly; Indeed, I do not restrain my lips, O LORD, You Yourself know.