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FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK – 8 OCTOBER 2017

LET’S CELEBRATE!

Rev Goh Yong Kuang

You have rescued me! I will celebrate and shout,
singing praises to you with all my heart. – Psalm 71:23 (CEV)

Most of us love celebrations – they are a normal part of our lives!

We celebrate our birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and other important days. Besides our own private celebration, there’s also the celebration which involves the whole community or nation, such as National Day, Lunar New Year, Christmas and many other cultural and religious festivities.

There are many examples of celebration in the Bible. The shepherds, wise men, and angels celebrated the birth of Jesus with gifts and jubilant songs. God gave Israel many celebrations in the Old Covenant such as the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the annual Day of Atonement and the Year of Jubilee. In the New Covenant, he has given us the Lord’s Supper and Baptism. We also see future celebrations such as the great heavenly Banquet (Lk.14) and the Marriage Feast of the Lamb (Rev.19).

Of all people, Christians are those who have the most reasons to celebrate!
We celebrate the birth and resurrection of Christ.
We celebrate our salvation and the new life in Christ.
At the funeral, we celebrate the life of someone who has passed on, but more importantly, we celebrate his or her “homecoming.” Knowing that our loved one has gone home to be with the Lord in heaven is a cause for celebration!

God is worthy of our celebration! We are created to glorify Him, and what better way to do that than to keep celebrating what He has done, what He is doing, and what He has promised to do – by living a joyful, thankful and obedient life!

Celebration is an essential aspect of a Christian’s life!

Clement of Alexandria, the 2nd century theologian, wrote:

“All our life is a celebration for us; we are convinced, in fact, that God is always everywhere. We sing while we work, we sing hymns while we sail, we pray while we carry out all life’s other occupations. ”
http://www.christianitytoday.com/history/quotes/

Indeed, the Christian life is filled with celebrations!

May I encourage you to take a moment of your day today to celebrate who you are and what you have in Christ! Most of all, make it your daily habit and discipline to celebrate God’s goodness in your life and thank Him for all that He has done for you in Christ Jesus!