A huge celebration took place in New Orleans following the NCAA Men’s National Championship game last night. UK supporters were excited that their team had won the title. The cheers, applause, confetti, high fives and hugs, every UK supporter filled with jubilation of what their team had accomplished.
Many of us have experienced a celebration or two in our life. Whether it’s a title won, a birthday or anniversary, the arrival of a baby, driving home the winning run, an outstanding report card, we’ve either seen it or experienced it firsthand. There may have been cheers, screaming and hollering, high fives and chest bumps, maybe even some confetti. It’s great!
I’m not expecting any confetti or loud screaming, but this Sunday will be a time to celebrate. Sunday is Easter the day that Christians all over the world will celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. We celebrate that Christ conquered even death. The celebrations will all look differently and that doesn’t matter. What is important is that we celebrate Jesus. As we offer our praise and our worship may we put forth an even greater excitement and joy than what we put forth for our teams accomplishments.
As I pray for your celebration, pray for mine. May we all give completely of ourselves in celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Let’s not keep things bottled up within. Let’s celebrate!
I want to encourage you to invite someone to join you this Sunday. Invite your neighbor, the co-worker, the classmate, the waitress, a family member, anyone that you know who is not attending a church. Don’t leave anyone out. All it takes is an invitation. Invite someone to the celebration.
“He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him. Now I have told you. So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.” Matthew 28:6-8