So the people went away to eat and drink at a festive meal, to share gifts of food and to celebrate with great joy because they had heard God’s words and understood them. (Nehemiah 8:12)
We gather to celebrate for many reasons; birthdays, weddings, enjoying a sports event, like a Ravens Victory. We gather at church to celebrate God’s love for us as demonstrated by Jesus Christ, in dying for us and rising again to conquer sin and death. But I just loved this verse’s reason for celebrating. Do we, as Believers, realize the incredible miracle and privilege of opening up the Word of God and understanding it because of the gift of God’s Holy Spirit? God is talking to us, to me, to you, to anyone who will come to Him on His own terms. And what are God’s terms? “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, that whoever believes in Him should not die but have everlasting life. God did not send His Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. (Romans 3:16&17)
“In the beginning was The Word, and The Word was with God , and the Word was God… and The Word became flesh and dwelt among us…” (John 3) O yes, there are many reasons to celebrate, but none more joyous than the fact that God has reached out to us, His created children, and provided a way for us to have a relationship with Him. O yes, God is talking to us, and His final Word is His own Son, Jesus Christ. If you don’t know Him, come to Him, and rest in His promise to forgive those who believe in Him. If you do already know Him, as I do, celebrate with me today this great love and this great privilege of hearing and understanding the Word of God. Amen and Amen.