Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Celebrating the Joy of Salvation


Mathew T. Mathew
Epiphany MTC, NY
13 But Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid, stand firm, and see the deliverance that the Lord will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you see today you shall never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to keep still.”

Important events in our lives like the birth of a child, recovery from a serious illness or victory of our favorite sports team are cause for celebrations. Nations celebrate the day of independence.  

In Exodus 14, we see the extraordinary way the Israelites escape from the pursuing army of Pharaoh by crossing the Red Sea on dry grounds with a wall of water on their right and on their left. When the approaching Egyptian army entered dry grounds of the sea, the water flowed back, covering the entire army.  Not one of them survived. This miraculous escape of the people of Israel from the bondage of slavery was a reason for celebration.  In Chapter 15, we see a big celebration under the leadership of Moses and his sister Miriam.
 
We Christians are the new Israel.  We are saved from the bondage of sin by Jesus Christ.  Those who are cleansed with the blood of Jesus Christ are assured of eternal life. Thus we have much more reason for celebration.  The observance of lent will prepared us for the joyful celebration of our salvation, culminating on Easter Sunday.

Only a thankful heart can celebrate. “How can I repay the Lord for all his goodness to me?  I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. (Psalm 116:12-13). Just like Miriam celebrated with tambourines and dancing, the 150th Psalm verse  3-6 says “praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the string and flute praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.  Let everything that has breath praise the Lord”.


PRAYER


Lord, our heavenly father, give us a thankful heart and help us to rejoice in the assurance of salvation through Jesus Christ. Amen.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Did we observe lent and celebrate Easter with the focus on salvation?