Let’s celebrate!

Last Sunday, our church celebrated a great week of children’s Bible camp activities with a video of the event and a round of applause for each of the volunteers.

As I watched the video, I felt some of the excitement of the week and the flat-out energy of the children. To cap it all, 21 of the 100 kids who attended committed their lives to Jesus. There was good reason to celebrate.

We’re beginning to realize how important celebration is. It builds unity in the church and strengthens our faith.

Celebration and remembering great moments play a prominent role in the Bible. It should play a big part in our own lives as individual believers, too.

Of course, the major celebration in the Christian church is communion or the Lord’s Supper. Depending on the church you attend, this act of remembrance takes place once daily, once a week, once a month or once every three months.

During communion, we remember what was both a tragic event and a world-shaking victory. It was tragic because an innocent man died. It was a victory because it opened the way for billions of people to receive eternal life.

During communion, we have an opportunity to reflect upon what Jesus did on the cross. We can picture him dying in agony as a man, suffering terribly but willingly for each one of us. If we take advantage of this moment, we can gain new insights into God’s amazing love for each one of us.

In the Old Testament, we read frequently about great men erecting altars of stone to remember key events such as Jacob’s encounter with God at Bethel and the children of Israel crossing the Jordan River under Joshua. And annually, Jews celebrated – and still celebrate – Passover, the time when the Lord protected children born to Jews in Egypt from the heavy, murderous hand of Pharaoh at the time of Moses.

When we celebrate great spiritual events, we remember God’s gracious favour upon us. We remember how God acted powerfully in the past and it helps us believe that he can – and will – do so again.

It can be true in our own lives, too. I remember often the night on February 29, 1960 when I became a believer in Jesus Christ. There are other significant spiritual events in my life that I return to from time to time.

Looking back helps us to leap forward in new faith adventures.


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