The Thank Offering [Part 2]
By Alan Wright — July 18, 2018
Are you ready for some good news?
No sacrifice remains for the people of God except one: the offering of thanks.
Today’s Text: Hebrews 13:15 (ESV) — 15 “Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.”
It is a fitting close to the broadcast series on Moses to celebrate how Christ has fulfilled the Mosaic laws about offerings and sacrifices. There were five prescribed offerings in Israel, but, as we learned yesterday, the ancient Jewish writings forecast that all the offerings would be annulled at the coming of the Messiah, except one – the thanksgiving offering.
Jesus has paid it all. No sacrifice remains. All that remains is to be thankful.
In a fascinating nuance of Old Testament Levitical law, the thanksgiving offering was completely voluntary except for one scenario. If you escaped a near death situation (you nearly died but were spared), you were required to make a thanksgiving offering.
Of course, that’s who we are as Christians. We’re the people who should have died for our sins but, instead, were spared by the blood of Jesus. We just have to thank Him.
Years ago, my brother and I played a round of golf with the happiest man I’d ever seen. He was a stranger who joined us on the front nine. The poor fellah was about the worst golfer I’d ever played with. If there was a lake, he’s splash in it. If there was a forest, he’d crunch into it. If there was a bunker, he’d bury into it. But, in the midst of all this terrible golf, he was absolutely having the time of his life. He wasn’t flustered or frustrated, he was just, well, happy all the time.
Finally, my brother had to ask him: “Boy, you sure are happy aren’t you?” j
“Yes, well, you see, I know I’m not playing very well but it doesn’t matter,” he said. “I just came from the doctor. They told me previously that they thought it was a malignant, life-threatening cancer. But the tests have come back negative. I don’t have cancer at all!”
He was the happiest man in the world because he was alive. Instead of facing a terminal illness, he was on the golf course! No bad golf shot can upset a man like that.
No offering remains except the thank offering. Jesus has paid it all. All that remains is for us to thank Him. And when you think about how your life would have been on a pathway to eternal death if you hadn’t been grasped by His grace and made alive, you just have to be grateful. And that’s the Gospel!