Saturday, October 8th, 2011
The Birthday Party
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade...
1 Peter 1:3-4 (NIV)
Most of us attend birthday parties: big, cozy, lavish, or simple. Recognizing the successful completion of another year on planet earth is a mile marker, and showing love for family and friends is right. Yet, the biggest birthday is not a once-a-year event.
It's daily. We're encouraged to celebrate the most important birthday for the most important Person Who ever lived; 'O come, let us sing for joy to the Lord. Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation' (Psalm 95:1). There's singing, dancing, shouting, clapping, and music. It's pretty loud, but our ears love it. It's good, clean fun, and we're all invited.
Even more, we get born again right along with Him in a supernatural exchange of 'living hope' for a depressed, lifeless existence. 'Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new' (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Our Lord, King, Brother, Husband, Savior, Healer, Teacher, and Friend, Jesus Christ, leads a party that never stops. The first celebration began with His birth into this world, but that party had many trials, finishing with the worst trial in history: His crucifixion. Yet that most terrible moment was lifted when He came back. Then, the victory party began.
As Christians, our 'new birth into a living hope' is the party that never stops. Like the life of Jesus, our party has trials, too, but the worship and praise band keeps playing. We keep dancing and singing, and our trials are lifted one by one.
We learn that love and faith raise the level of the band, which raises us, which raises the roof right off our houses. Beyond them? The Kingdom of God. Beyond that? Heaven itself.