A Real Celebration!

God is making plans for something very special. It’s bigger, brighter and better than the Eurovision Song Contest! God is planning the greatest celebration of them all – and you are invited! The Eurovision Song Contest recedes into the past. Soon, we forget who won it. There’s something bigger, brighter and better than the Eurovision Song Contest. We look forward to the glory of God’s everlasting Kingdom. Let us never forget the One who has won the victory for us – Jesus Christ, “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (Revelation 12:10-11; John 1:29). Let us keep on singing. We have the best song. It’s the song of our Saviour. It’s the song of His victory. We read about this song of victory in the Book of Revelation.
* “They sang a new song” (Revelation 5:9).
When does a “new song” become an old song? – People stop singing it. They forget about it. It becomes last year’s song.
What about God’s “new song”? Does it ever become yesterday’s song? Will there ever be a time when there is no-one to sing the song of salvation? Will the song of praise ever be silenced? Will it ever be thrown into the dustbin of the ancient past?
No! The song of joyful worship is always the song of the eternal future. We’re looking forward to something that’s far bigger, brighter and better than the Eurovision Song Contest!
We look back to the past. We say, “That was then. That’s old.” We live in the present. We say, “This is now. This is new.” We shouldn’t be too quick to dismiss the past. Jesus Christ belongs to the past. He also speaks to us in the present. He is preparing us for God’s eternal future.
We read the Story of Jesus. We rejoice in His love. We say, “The old, old story – It is ever new. The old, old story – Praise the Lord! It’s true!” It’s true! That’s why it’s still God’s “new song.”
“Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15). Do we stop believing this just because it comes to us from a long time ago? No! We keep on saying, “Praise the Lord! It’s true!” We keep on singing the song of our Saviour.
“While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Is this no longer true just because a lot of people have lost interest in singing the song of salvation? No! This was Good News in Paul’s day. It’s still Good News for today. It will always be the Good News of God’s love. It will always be the great reminder of God’s “for ever” love (Psalm 136).
“God raised Jesus Christ from the dead” (Acts 2:24). Did this become true only because a lot of people said that it was true? Has it become false because many people refuse to believe that it’s true? No! It’s God’s great miracle. Death has been defeated. There is hope. Death will not triumph over us. Jesus Christ is Lord.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).  There will always be people who refuse to trust in Jesus Christ as Saviour. Will they silence us? Will we fail our Lord because we’re afraid of what people will say about us? Let’s be like Paul. Let’s defy our critics. Let’s keep on saying, “I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16).
* Who will sing God’s new song – the song of great salvation, the song of joyful celebration?
– The singers will come “from every tribe and language and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9). Not just some nations! All nations! Not just this generation! Not just the “now” generation! Every generation will be there. They will come from the past. They will come from the future. This is bigger than the Eurovision Song Contest!
– “They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light” (Revelation 22:5).
No fear of a power cut! This is brighter than the Eurovision Song Contest!
– “They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain” (Revelation 21:3-4). You can’t get any better than this! No patching up the cracks between the nations! This is better than the Eurovision Song Contest!
– “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life” (Revelation 22:17). The Spirit echoes the voice of the Saviour: “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). The Church is the bride of Christ (Ephesians 5:22-33). Like the Spirit, we are to be an echo of the voice of our Saviour. We are to say, “Come!” This is for you. This is for me. This is for all who will come to the Saviour. His invitation is extended to all. His welcome will be given to all who come to Him. He says to each and every one of us: “whoever comes to Me I will never drive away” (John 6:37).
– To those who come to Him, the Lord Jesus says, “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may … go through the gates into the city.”  Let us not remain “outside” of God’s Kingdom (Revelation 22:14-15). There is a better way than continuing in sin. It is the way of coming to the Saviour and receiving from Him the forgiveness of sin, the power of a new life and the glorious hope of entering into the full glory of His heavenly and eternal Kingdom.
* How are we to sing the song of salvation? How are we to sing the song of victory?
Sinners become singers. We never cease to be sinners. We are not superior to those who do not sing the song of the Lord. We have been saved by His grace. All the glory belongs to Him. May our whole life be a song of praise to Him (Ephesians 2:8-10). In our battle against Satan, we must never forget that our victory is grounded in His salvation: “At the Name of Jesus, Satan’s legions flee; on then, Christian soldiers, on to victory.” “The Church of God” is called to move forward as “a mighty army.”  The Lord has loved us so much. He has saved us. May we always give to others a friendly invitation and a warm welcome: “Onward then, you people, join our happy throng, blend with ours your voices in the triumph song.” Sinners will become singers – when we, who have begun to sing the Lord’s song, always remember that we are never any more than this: sinners who have been saved by God’s grace.
May God help each of us to “sing to the Lord.” May we “sing praise to Him.” May we “glory in His holy Name.” May we “rejoice” in Him. May we come to Him in our weakness and find our new “strength” in Him (Psalm 105:2-4).


1 Comment

  1. Thanks, Lightwriters, Yoshiko, BJ, Karina, Lilka, Andy and Beholding Him Ministries, for liking these notes. God bless each of you.

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