Summary: The sermon is designed to get persons to move beyond an actual observance to actively participate in carrying out the meaning behind the observance.
Beyond Celebration to Actualization (1 Peter 1:18-21).
Holidays are extremely important in our lives. During holidays we eagerly look forward to spending time with loved ones and friends.
Today, we celebrate one of the more significant days in the life of the Christian faith. Yes, it’s on the calendar. One could say that it is nationally known even if it is not observed nationally.
On this day, churches throughout the land have some of the highest attendance of the year. On this
day, individuals usually look like new money. On this day, you have to get to church early to get a seat. Why, because it is one of the key events in the year for individuals to observe in a celebratory manner?
It’s good to celebrate significant events in our lives like birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, weddings, and even funerals when one knows that the departed brother or sister has died in the Lord.
Today Christians throughout the world are celebrating one individual’s birthday, graduation, death and resurrection. Yes, for the Christian, we remember that a baby was born in this life only to die for all of our sins. We also remember that the same individuals matriculated through this life and later graduated with the highest honors of anyone. He
received the highest marks for morality, character, sensitivity, love, peace, forgiveness, etc.
I’m talking about Jesus Christ now. So, it is good to celebrate today. But, as we celebrate, let us not miss out on what is essential. That is, there is definitely something to consider beyond this celebration.
Why is it that we almost get exhausted at times preparing for certain meaningful and key events in our lives? What is it that causes some of us to stay up into the early hours of the next day making sure that things are in place for a celebration? What makes us want to go home and be with loved ones during certain holidays? We all have different responses to the previously posed rhetorical questions.
Each of us in here today would approach those questions differently, but the bottom line is, we have our reasons to celebrate meaningful occasions.
What’s so good about meaningful and celebratory events is that you usually find people upbeat. Persons who you would normally not see, you see. Individuals who would otherwise not bother to be a part of something, make that extra effort to show up because it is a holiday or time for celebration.
The reason why I am taking time to look into this idea of lifting up or celebrating is because it is something that we all do and is a part of our every day lives. There is no getting around it. Birthdays will come and go! Anniversaries will come and go! Weddings will take place! Even death will make its presence known to us at some point in our lives, so funerals will be attended. These things are
inevitable. There’s no getting around them. But, is there more to this than just celebrating?
Could there be something deeper or greater for us to see beyond where we are today? I think there is. I believe if we examine our scriptural passage clearly we will see something deeper and far greater than just celebrating. Again, its good to celebrate. But,