Something Worth Celebrating!
How we thank God, who gives us victory over sin and death through Jesus Christ our Lord! (1 Corinthians 15:57).
Imagine yourself at a football game. Your team appears to have little chance of winning. Only seconds remain in the game. The air is electric.
Suddenly, the star player on your favorite team runs the ball through the line, evades tackler after tackler, and runs 90 yards for the winning touchdown. The game is over. The opponent is defeated. There is nothing but glorious victory.
The crowd goes absolutely wild. There is jumping and shouting with sheer joy and excitement. You are also excited, so you join in.
It is that way with praise. Our glorious Savior and Lord Jesus Christ, God in human form, defeated the enemy on the cross with His death and resurrection. Celebrating who He is and what He did is what praise is all about. The more we understand what He did the more we will want to praise Him. Some praise Him quietly, but some are exuberant and loud. Personally, my style is more quiet, although I am loud on the inside. It doesn't matter. Do it one way or the other, but just praise Him!
The victory is His! And because of Him, the victory is also ours. "But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Corinthians 15:56, NIV).
According to Strong's Enhanced Lexicon, the Hebrew word for praise, halal, means "to boast, glory, to make a fool of... to act like a madman." That certainly describes modern-day football crowds! The ancient Hebrews did not have football, but they knew how to praise.
I do not have time for a lot of sports events, but I love the Bible's uses of athletic analogies. Six times in the New Testament and once in the Old Testament, the Bible refers to life as a "race." Paul said, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith" (2 Timothy 4:7, NIV). In that verse, Paul uses both the words "good fight" and also "race."
Romans 8:37 says the "overwhelming victory is ours through Christ who loved us enough to die for us" (TLB). An example of "overwhelming victory" was provided on October 7, 1916 when Georgia Tech played Cumberland University in what is recorded as the highest scoring football game in history. Georgia Tech set a record of 32 touchdowns while racking up 222 points. Cumberland never even made a first down, much less a point.
Our Lord's victory is even more overwhelming, and such a victory belongs to those who trust in our victorious King. Praise Him!
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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