Not all events are celebrations; most, but not all. Celebratory events are:
- Victories (big wins)
We plan, prepare, and pray over weddings. We spend every dollar we can. The ceremony isn’t the rub; it’s the reception that launches costs over the moon. Just ask a father of daughters, or a single mother.
Big wedding anniversaries are amazing events. We get dressed up and marvel at two people who are still in love after 50 years. It’s fabulous.
High School, college, and grad-school commencements are celebrated. Big promotions at work, professional advancements, are reasons to celebrate. We rejoice and lift our voices in honor of another’s success.
But Not All Events
Not everything is a party. Not every event is happy. But they are no less significant, and no less important.
- Memorial Services
- Going away parties
- Loved ones in their final moments of life
- Divorce proceedings, especially in court
These aren’t the bright and happy experiences; none are sought nor celebrated. But they are no less significant, and no less important.
What About Believers?
What about the significant events for a believer? How important is the new birth? Should it be celebrated? Is the moment of being raised to live the new life something to be lifted up and honored?
Over the past four weeks the ministry at Southeast has experienced significant responses to the New Birth. I’ve had the pleasure of joining 22 adults with Christ, and 4 young people have also experienced the believer’s immersion.
I’ve seen grown men cry uncontrollably. I’ve held them as the guilt, fear, and doubt were lifted from their hearts and souls. I’ve witnessed adults, ages thirty to eighty, come seeking the cleansing of the Lamb of God and then watched them go on their way rejoicing.
Weddings are about two becoming one. There is an ending of separate individualities and a joining of two into one flesh. For that there is a party.
Funerals honor the life that was and rejoice at the life that will be. There is an ending of life on earth and a beginning of life in glory. For that there is a dinner of honor.
In The New Birth
The sinful individual joins with Jesus in the New Birth, there is a death and a new life. For that shouldn’t there be a party?
Most of us enjoy weddings. Jesus is the husband of the church, his bride. The bride’s dowry was paid with his own blood. The New Birth is the wedding ceremony between the believer and the head of the church, it’s where the two become one. For that shouldn’t there be a celebration?
Events both happy and sad happen everyday, and with them the emotions and resources appropriate to the occasion.
The New Birth should be lifted up: celebrated, honored, and remembered. It should be recognized as the most important, most significant day in a lifetime of days.
Is this how it is?
Just a thought.