Jesus was in Jerusalem and as evening came to close the day, a man named Nicodemus approached him. He was a Pharisee and came under the cloak of darkness to learn more about this rabbi that had performed so many miraculous things. The Pharisee had heard about this teacher and came to see for himself.
Jesus began to tell the Pharisee and as it is recorded in John 3, we too learn about a gift given to man, given out of a perfect love the Creator had for mankind. Jesus said in John 3:16-18: 16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
There is far more conversation with the man who came in darkness and I challenge you to read the entire discourse. Most important, the gift of Jesus Christ, given to die for our sins, is clearly explained by the Savior himself.
My point in all of this is our reaction as a Christian. You see as we approach Thanksgiving, are we grateful for all God did for us in the act of sending Christ to earth? We have been given salvation, eternity in the presence of Almighty God through Jesus Christ and the blood he shed for our sin. Our reaction should be extreme gratitude played out in our lives by our being as Christ asked, Christ-like and responding in obedience to share the Good News.
Our Sunday School children wrote a letter to God detailing how, in their young lives, they can be thankful for what God gave them, salvation. So much more could be explained and many other passages discussed, but from the heart of a child to the heart of those who have lived long lives, it is so very plain in John 3:16. God loved us with His perfect love. He gave His Son to die in our place. We believe and then, our response on earth is? Our gratitude played out in living is what?
1 Peter 2:21
For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.