Cel-e-brate. Verb: to make known publicly; proclaim: The newspaper celebrated the end of the war in red headlines. The second goal of The Easter Cross Witness is to Celebrate what Jesus Christ has done for us. And to give the Church a tool to publically proclaim the good news that He is Risen! And not only that glorious fact, but more; And it is Finished.
It is my conviction after watching the body of Christ over the last five decades that Christians, sadly, often aren’t very good at celebrating. We are often dour, sullen and go through this life with heavy hearts and a continence to match. And I ask you, Who would want to join up with that lot? We have the GOOD news brothers and sisters, not the bad news.
JESUS CHRIST IS RISEN FROM THE DEAD!
And He finished (accomplished) something for you and I that we could never do for ourselves. Listen to the apostle Paul as he writes to the church at Colossae:
For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
WOW. That is something to celebrate. We have been rescued from the dominion of darkness and brought into the Kingdom of God through the Son? P-A-R-T-Y! Unfortunately for many this has become both old hat and old news and the sheer wonder of the Grace of God has gone stale in their lives. The Easter Cross Witness seeks to change that and give Christians a chance to celebrate together. Those who are now redeemed and know the forgiveness of theirs sins has been accomplished at the cross of Christ should dance every day! WE are headed to the marriage feast of the Lamb. That will be a party like the world has never seen, or is even capable of understanding.
So let’s learn to Celebrate together, now. In the midst of a broken world. In the midst of your real problems and real pain. We can celebrate because this world will NOT have the final say. This all is temporary. Why can we celebrate now? There are many reasons, but my brother and sister chew on this fact:
Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
As you drive around your town and see thousands of Easter Crosses out may you shout for joy and rejoice that the King who came in a manger is coming back for those who love Him. And when he returns, Every knee shall bow and Every tongue confesses that Jesus is Lord.