Healthy Faith
April 10, 2023

A Reason to Celebrate: Igniting the Power and Passion of Christ

Imagine the electric atmosphere in small-town Indiana on a Friday night, the air crackling with anticipation as high school basketball games set hearts ablaze and unite the community in a shared fervor.

A Reason to Celebrate: Igniting the Power and Passion of Christ

The spirit of competition is palpable, coursing through the veins of every fan, player, and bystander. This passion extends beyond the local level, igniting entire stadiums during high-stakes college basketball events like March Madness, and captivating millions of viewers worldwide as professional football teams battle for supremacy on the field.

Time, money, and emotion are poured into supporting beloved teams across various sports. Fans paint their faces and bodies, adorning themselves in their team's colors, and surrendering to the wild ecstasy of triumph. This fervor transcends age and borders, as people from all walks of life find themselves swept up in these exuberant moments.

But amidst this contagious excitement, have we ever stopped to ponder why we struggle to channel this same zeal into our faith? Why can we come together and shout at the top of our lungs for our favorite teams, yet remain silent and subdued when it comes to expressing our love and gratitude for Christ and our Heavenly Father?

It's a baffling dissonance when men can be so consumed by the fervor of a sport, yet when confronted with their bond to Christ and their Heavenly Father, they seem disengaged, even aloof. How can we passionately rally behind our favorite teams but fall short in celebrating the life-altering impact Christ has on our lives?

The time has come to transform this narrative. Let's ignite the same fire for our faith as we do for sports. Let us paint our faces, dance with wild abandon, and lift our voices to the heavens, rejoicing in the soul-stirring love of Christ.

Celebrate the Cross & Jesus Christ

John 3:16 unveils the unfathomable depth of God's love for the world, a love so vast and immeasurable that He gave His one and only Son so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. This divine act of selflessness and grace, transcending the scope of human comprehension, calls for our most heartfelt adoration and exuberant praise.

Galatians 2:20 imparts the profound truth that we have been crucified with Christ, our identities forever intertwined. It is no longer we who live, but Christ who lives within us, permeating our very beings with His presence. We live by faith in the Son of God, who embraced us with His infinite love and selflessly surrendered Himself for our sake, conquering sin and death to secure our eternal salvation.

Celebrate the Grace of the Father

Our finite human minds can scarcely grasp the boundless love and grace our Heavenly Father lavishes upon us. He infuses every fiber of our lives with peace, joy, and a love that transcends all earthly comprehension.

John 1:16–17 illuminates the truth that from the inexhaustible depths of His fullness, we have received grace upon grace, an endless cascade of divine favor. While the law was given through Moses, the embodiment of grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 2:8–9 underscores the awe-inspiring reality that our salvation is rooted in grace, achieved through faith. This divine gift is not something we can earn or attain through our own efforts but is a manifestation of God's unmerited favor, ensuring that no one can boast in their own accomplishments.

In light of the extraordinary grace that God has poured out on us, we must ardently celebrate and honor Him. Let us raise our voices in praise, dance with uninhibited joy, and share the immeasurable love of the Father with others. Embrace the liberating power of God's grace, and let it fuel your passion to live a life that glorifies Him. Together, let us rejoice and revel in the boundless grace that sets our hearts ablaze with gratitude and adoration.

Celebrate the Resurrection

The resurrection of Jesus Christ shattered the chains of death, fulfilling ancient prophecies and promises while dispelling the shadows of doubt that clouded humanity's faith. Through His resurrection, Christ emerged as the living hope for all mankind, bestowing upon us the assurance of eternal life. It is for this divine triumph that we rejoice and glorify His name with fervent passion.

Luke 24:6-7, John 11:25-26, 1 Peter 1:3, and 1 Corinthians 15:21 collectively testify to the awe-inspiring, transformative power of Christ's resurrection, infusing our lives with a hope that transcends our mortal existence.

Today, let us exuberantly celebrate the ultimate sacrifice, the boundless grace, and the victorious resurrection of Jesus Christ. On this day, let us never forget that our Heavenly Father offered His only Son to endure an unimaginable, undeserved agony so that we may have eternal life through Him. With hearts ablaze and spirits soaring, let us declare with unshakable joy and conviction, "Yes, today is indeed the reason to celebrate!"

-Brett Snodgrass-

Photo Credit: Vanessa Horabuena