In Luke 3:1-38, Jesus headed to the Jordan river where John the Baptist was baptizing. It was here that Jesus (1) prayed (2) received holy spirit, and (3) understood His identity through a revelation by God – “and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:22). A firm understanding of his own identity became important as Jesus was tested in the wilderness shortly afterwards. It was then that the enemy began to challenge and attack His identity (Luke 4:3). However, Jesus took authority over the enemy, using the word of God to break off the lies of the devil. Afterwards, Jesus announces his purpose – “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,” (Luke 4:18). Through Jesus, we too find our identity as sons and daughters of God. And as such, our purpose too is now the same as Jesus’.


In Luke 3:1-38, Jesus headed to the Jordan river where John the Baptist was baptizing. It was here that Jesus (1) prayed (2) received holy spirit, and (3) understood His identity through a revelation by God – “and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:22). A firm understanding of his own identity became important as Jesus was tested in the wilderness shortly afterwards. It was then that the enemy began to challenge and attack His identity (Luke 4:3). However, Jesus took authority over the enemy, using the word of God to break off the lies of the devil. Afterwards, Jesus announces his purpose – “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,” (Luke 4:18). Through Jesus, we too find our identity as sons and daughters of God. And as such, our purpose too is now the same as Jesus’.


Habakkuk 2:14 states: “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” The focus of the message hinged on the understanding of the definition of glory. The secular definition of glory presents words such as fame, prestige, and honor. However, those words all fall short of the short of glory in God’s eyes. If glory is the goal of all things, it is the goal of our salvation; to be the manifestation of our relationship with God. Isaiah 6:3 further emphasizes the view of glory: “And they (angels) were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of His glory.” The glory of God covering the earth is a manifestation of the beauty of God and His character filling the earth, not in part, but the whole earth. You feel glory when you fall in love with His character. Pastor Tommy Reid expressed that as a pastor he wanted to help “make people hungry” then realized that everyone is already spiritually hungry. Other things in the world around us drown our hunger out and we often try to fill it with things that do not nourish or fulfill us. As we spend time with God and seek his presence, we will encounter our creator and his glory will be revealed more and more.


Romans 8:28 states: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” This verse lays out a foundational principle for how we should live our lives. Furthermore, Psalm 118 illustrates what an attitude of Thanksgiving should look like: “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever… The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (Psalm 118: 1,6). Perception was also discussed during the message. A person’s perception becomes their reality but true reality is found in Christ. This is best portrayed in Colossians 2:16-17: “Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.” In this season of thanksgiving, it is important to adhere to the instructions given by Paul in Ephesians 5:20: “always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” The conclusion of the message focused on the Parable of the Prodigal Son found in Luke 15. This story portrayed the power of a Father’s love, emphasizing the message “all that I have is yours”. We live an abundant life, and thanksgiving helps us to celebrate the grace story of God in our lives.