Have you thought about the fact that human beings are the only creatures in all of God’s creation on earth that celebrate? Angels celebrate in heaven, but on this earth you will never see a dog, a tree, or anything else consciously design a celebration.
We celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, raises, championships, the first steps of a child, a new job–among other things. But as Christians we should celebrate much more–including our redemption in Christ! There is great joy in the presence of angels when a lost soul comes to Christ! They celebrate this even though they have never experienced it.
And we should celebrate all that comes with our redemption, including forgiveness from sin! After David had openly and fully confesses his sin to God and had forsaken it he prayed, “O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.” (Psalm 51:15, ESV).
Christians should be the most celebratory community on earth! We should be celebrating who we are in Christ, what we are becoming in Christ, and where we are going from here! As Paul Tripp writes in Whiter Than Snow of celebrating our redemption ,
It should be in our minds, it should flood our hearts, it should be constantly on our lips; we have been redeemed! Chosen out of the mass of humanity, forgiven by the sacrifice of Jesus, accepted into God’s family, the Holy Spirit now living inside of us, God working to empower us against and to deliver us from sin, the great paradigmatic truths of the biblical narrative now open to us, the mutual-ministry fellowship of the body of Christ our regular experience, and a guaranteed future in God’s presence and free from sin and struggle. We’ve been redeemed! The scope and breadth of it boggles the mind. It’s almost too much for our hearts to take in. Given what we couldn’t deserve, love in the middle of our rebellion, and given acceptance we could never earn. We’ve been redeemed! We’ve been redeemed! We’ve been redeemed!
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