Editor’s Note: This Thanksgiving, many of us will gather around the table with loved ones and share why we’re thankful. Jesus Christ is the ultimate reason for gratitude. In this blog post, Chris Heinz shares 24 quotations about Christ (Thanksgiving in the United States is November 24) from a variety of authors. Perhaps you may find a way to incorporate one or more of them into your Thanksgiving activities.
O Blessed Christ, O Son of God, O Image of the Father! In all of the Father’s gladness, he is most glad to share with us his most beloved Son. In giving us Christ, the Father held nothing back. He took his most precious treasure and unwrapped him and sent him to us, that we might know the Father. Indeed, Jesus Christ is the ultimate reason for gratitude—in showing us the Father, he makes a way to the Father for us. O Blessed Christ, O Son of God, O Image of the Father!
Here are 24 quotations about Christ to keep us thankful. Share them around the table. Speak them to yourself. Post them where others will see.
Thanksgiving—giving thanks in everything—prepares the way that
God might show us his fullest salvation in Christ.
From every text of Scripture there is a road to Christ.
Jesus Christ, by coming into this world,
has changed the sunsets of time into the sunrises of eternity.
Clement of Alexandria
Did my hearers encounter a larger vision of Christ and His supremacy,
and were they gripped by stronger reasons to put their hope
more fully in Him, than they had before we came together?
Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me,
Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet,
Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
If there is nothing more precious to the Father than him [Jesus],
there cannot be any blessing higher than him or anything better than him.
What is certain about the wealth Christ has and gives is that
we shall never come to an end of it.
Who among you is so alive to Christ as to carry fire wherever you go?
True Christlikeness, true companionship with Christ,
comes at the point where it is not hard to respond as he would.
Without the Way, there is no going.
Without the Truth, there is no knowing.
Without the Life, there is no living.
Thomas à Kempis
Turn around and believe that the good news
that we are loved is better than we ever dared hope,
and that to believe in that good news, to live out of it and toward it,
to be in love with that good news,
is of all glad things in this world the gladdest thing of all.
Amen, and come Lord Jesus.
Behind the debris of our self-styled, sullen supermen,
there stands the gigantic figure of one person,
because of whom, by whom, in whom, and through whom alone
mankind might still have hope: the person of Jesus Christ.
G. K. Chesterton
In Jesus Christ the reality of God entered into the reality of this world.
For if the future is dominated by the coming again of Jesus,
there is little room left on the screen for projecting
our anxieties and fantasies. It takes the clutter out of our lives.
There is only One Being who can satisfy the last aching abyss
of the human heart, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ.
I felt an ardency of soul to be what I know not otherwise how to express:
emptied and annihilated; to lie in the dust, and to be full of Christ alone.
Unbelievers do not see Christ as their greatest treasure.
Neither do most believers.
O, precious blood of my Redeemer,
O, gaping wounds of my crucified Savior.
Who can contemplate the sufferings of God incarnate,
and not raise his hope, and not put his trust in Him?
Jesus is my God, Jesus is my Spouse, Jesus is my Life.
Jesus is my only Love, Jesus is my All, Jesus is my Everything.
Because of this I am never afraid.
Everything in Christ astonishes me!
Neither history, nor humanity, nor the ages, nor nature,
offer me anything with which I am able to compare Him
and by which I am able to explain Him.
Here is everything extraordinary.
On the cross Jesus, the Son, anticipated the Father’s verdict
and His ultimate intervention.
The dawn of the world’s redemption had broken,
and with it the chains of human slavery to sin,
shame and condemnation was shattered.
For nothing counts with God, except His beloved Son, Jesus Christ,
who is completely pure and holy before Him.
Where He is, there God looks and has His pleasure.
You must make your choice.
Either this man was, and is, the Son of God;
or else a mad man or something worse.
You can shut Him up for a fool;
you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon;
or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God.
C. S. Lewis
It will not be a burden to me at the hour of death
that I have thought too highly of Jesus,
expected too much from Him myself,
or labored too much in commending
and setting Him forth to others.
(Editor’s note: These quotations and more appear on ChristNow.com’s Quotations page)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Chris Heinz is the Vice President of Human Resources for EnergyCAP, Inc. As a Gallup-certified Strengths Coach, he helps leaders to maximize their effectiveness by aligning their strengths with their desired outcomes. His book, Made To Pray, helps readers find their best prayer types. You can follow Chris at his blog, Twitter or LinkedIn.Tags: Chris Heinz ChristNow Thanksgiving prayer Thanksgiving quote