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Give Thanks That He Is Alive!

In almost every home makeover show, the climactic moment comes when the host reveals the newly remodeled house to the owners. The neighborhood is the same, the address has not changed, but the house is completely transformed.

Two disciples had a life-changing reveal while sharing a meal with the resurrected Jesus. For hours, they did not know the true identity of the person they faced. At first they thought their guest was a clueless Jerusalem visitor (v. 17). Yet, they would soon learn it was none other than the resurrected Savior. Today’s text says they came to this realization immediately after Jesus broke bread, gave thanks, and began to give it to them.

Did they recognize Christ when they heard Him pray? Or was it perhaps the way He spoke? However, we can guess they realized it was the Lord when Jesus handed them the bread, and they saw His nail-scarred hands (v. 30). Luke tells us in verse 31, “Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him.”

Their response was as you would expect—they were amazed. When the two returned to Jerusalem, they found the other eleven disciples and gave thanks to the Lord, proclaiming that “the Lord has risen” (v. 34).

The resurrection of Jesus changed everything for those two disciples, and it changes everything for you and me too. The same power that raised Christ from the dead lives in us. Give thanks to the Lord because He is alive, just as He said. He lives in us, and one day we will be more fully alive than ever before.

Apply the Word

Prepare your heart and mind for worship at your church service tomorrow. As you gather with other believers, you will enter into a sacred communion that has been going on for generations—thanking the Lord that He is indeed alive! What can you do today to prepare for your worship at your church tomorrow?

Pray with Us

Let’s praise the Lord for the lessons in thankfulness we are learning this month. Let us give thanks from our hearts to the living, loving, powerful, and life-giving God. He is indeed alive, and He gives new life to His people!

BY Chris Rappazini

Chris Rappazini serves as associate professor and program head of the BA and MA in Pastoral Studies at Moody Bible Institute and Moody Theological Seminary. He is the vice president of the Evangelical Homiletics Society and previously served as the associate minister of preaching and teaching at Southside Christian Church in Spokane, Washington. While currently on sabbatical from teaching at Moody, Chris and his wife, Ashley, and their three children reside in Texas.

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