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Celebrate is a verb meaning –

Acknowledge (a significant day or happy day or event) with a social or public gathering.

Perform (a religious ceremony) publicly or duly.

Honor and praise publicly.

         We usually celebrate a happy occasion.  We celebrate births, anniversaries, graduations, weddings, etc.  We celebrate victories and accomplishments.  We look for reasons to celebrate and have joy and merriment.  We get together with family and friends and have big parties.  When our team is in the clutches of a game, they make the final last minute score that puts them over the top to win the championship, we shout, yell, clap our hands, and dance and extol the greatness of our team!  When our kids are competing, we yell and cheer them on.  We praise them for their accomplishments and get emotional with pride.

Easter is the game winning Hail Mary touch down, the last second 3 pointer from line, the grand slam home run that ends the game.  When the world had counted Jesus out and sealed Him in a tomb and thought that was the end and had assured themselves the victory, God had other plans.  Jesus rose from the grave and with it He brought us victory.  Eternal everlasting life.  An assurance of heaven with Him.  It may not have started out as a happy occasion, but it ended in the settling of a debt.  A debt so weighty and harsh that it literally broke Him.  When Jesus took the weight of the cross on His shoulders.  The weight of every sin past, present, and future were also placed on His shoulders and He whipped them away with the shedding of His blood and His resurrection.  The entirety of our Christian salvation is held in the confines of the events that took place on those three days.  Easter sets Christianity apart from every other religion in the world.  Easter is not about eggs hunts and bunnies.  It is about the living breathing eternal King of kings and Lord of lords.

This Easter I would encourage you to celebrate the greatest gift that we have ever been given.  Get a little excited about Jesus and His gift of life!  It’s ok to celebrate!  There are many scriptures that extol us to praise and celebrate God.  Psalm 145:3 says, “Great is the Lord!  He is most worthy of praise!  No one can measure his greatness.”

We have been waiting a year to celebrate Easter.  We have been through the valley in the past year.  We have been separated and scared at times.  It’s time to celebrate, David said in 2 Samuel 6:21-22, “I was dancing before the Lord, who chose me above your father and all his family!  He appointed me as the leader of Israel, the people of the Lord, so I celebrate before the Lord.  Yes, and I am willing to look even more foolish than this, even to be humiliated in my own eyes!”  Are you willing to set aside yourself and be foolish for the Lord?  Luke 19:40 says, “If they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”  Let’s not give the rocks a chance this Easter!

Have a blessed Easter!

Lanny

   

 

 

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