Thanksgiving transforms how you do what you do.
It’s a refocusing on what you have rather than what you have not. It’s the hinge on which your perspective turns, even when your circumstances don’t change. It’s the renewal of joy in the midst of the mundane. Thanksgiving changes us, and therefore affects everything we do.
This is why it’s so important for us to approach our time in God’s Word, first, with thanksgiving. Thanksgiving makes the daily discipline of studying God’s Word, a joyful journey, and as Christians, our thankfulness begins with Christ.
In regards to reading God’s Word, here are two ways we ought to give thanks to God for Jesus Christ:
1) We give thanks because Christ gives us a true understanding of God’s Word
When the Word of God, Christ Jesus put on flesh and stepped into human history, he brought fuller knowledge of God to man.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son, from the Father, full of grace and truth… No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.” (John 1:1,14,18).
Jesus Christ was God dwelling in man. He was the Word, the full communication of the Divine to his creation. Christ is the only way man can develop true theology because, as the God-Man, Christ makes the knowledge of God to man, possible.
To quote Puritan Edward Reynolds, Christ is the, “sum and centre of all divinely revealed truth.” We understand God’s written word by knowing the eternal Word, Jesus Christ.
This leads to the next reason we ought to thank God for Jesus before we read our Bibles.
2) We give thanks because Christ won us the riches of God’s Word
The blood of Jesus Christ has won every blessing offered to God’s children in his Word. Christ has paid for everything precious from the hand of God.
“For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why through him we utter our Amen to God for his glory. And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee” (2 Corinthians 1:20-22).
Notice Paul’s words here. All the promises of God find their Yes in Christ. Also, It is God who establishes his children with Christ, that is, he predestined to save his children by the blood of his Son. God has anointed us. He has placed his seal on us by the Holy Spirit, who gives us the faith to believe in Christ’s perfect life, death, and resurrection. Because of the seal of the Holy Spirit, the promises of Scripture are guaranteed to us in Christ Jesus. There isn’t a single trace of human effort in attaining God’s promises. We only receive them by grace.
Do you see what God has done for us? He initiated our blessings, sent Christ to achieve our blessings for us, and gave us the Holy Spirit to guarantee our blessings through faith. God has established his blessings for us in his Word, and his Word is explicitly clear that those blessings are only received in Christ.
To summarize these two points, no one can fruitfully read God’s Word apart from having a saving relationship with Jesus. Only Christ provides believers with growing depths of understanding as the Centerpiece and the Treasure of God’s Word. Everyday, before you read the Scriptures, spend time thanking God for Christ and journey through his Word with rejoicing.