A point often overlooked when we talk about Lent is its celebratory nature.Â Throughout the week we remember our complete need for healing, but doing so makes our rejoicing all the more honest. Â During the week we are reminded that without the Light weâ€™re lost, but we remember that â€œSundayâ€™s a-cominâ€™!â€Â On Sunday we celebrate the resurrection.Â We celebrate the God who brings the dead to life and calls nonexistent things into existence.
But what might a celebration for partakers in the â€˜kingdom of Godâ€™ look like today? What would it look like if, from the world over, members of the kingdomâ€”the kingdom belonging to the Just and Holy, the Faithful and Trueâ€”gathered under the same roof and celebrated their King?Â Iâ€™m reminded of worship at Urbana â€™09.Â Iâ€™m reminded of the jubilant throng of men and women leaving the St. Louis stadium just after midnight on New Yearâ€™s Eve.Â Walking through the halls we celebrated in Kiswahili, singing â€œHakuna Mungu Kama Weweâ€ (â€œThereâ€™s no God like youâ€). Â See videos of thisÂ hereÂ and here.
The stadiumâ€™s janitors and security looked on with curiosity.Â People exiting this stadium after a game or a show, no matter how magnificent, usually hurry to their cars and out of the CBD to escape the gridlock.Â But not these.Â Not the peopleÂ who’veÂ just gathered 17,000 strong to celebrate this King.
That isÂ how I imagine a celebration in the kingdom of God.
Sundays during Lent are for that kind of joy. [Read more…] about Why Should You Celebrate This King?