At our college this past weekend represented the culmination of all our planning and celebration for our 150th Anniversary. The climax of our celebration was the focus of our Homecoming this year. The week began with a chapel honoring alumni. Our President spoke, making clear our desire for all students to come to know Jesus Christ as both Savior and Lord and to let this relationship transform all educational experiences into life changing experiences that help us to be and become all that God has created us to be. We had a spectacular 150 Celebration Concert, a parade, athletics events, alumni year and interest gatherings, and feasting throughout the weekend. Many people made it all happen and with all the preparations and quality events, success was felt and experienced by all on campus.
I think it is important to celebrate. Remembering the past and what has brought us to the present strengthens our resolve as we work toward the vision and mission of the future.
As I walked across campus this weekend, both participating and observing the festivities, my mind caught a thought: “I wonder how much greater our celebration will be on that day when the Homecomings of all Homecoming is realized!” In the midst of my current celebration I was conscience of these scriptural pointers to the future:
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever – (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they were saying:
“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and praise!”
Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!” (Revelation 5:11-13)
We see in the scriptures all the time that our time-bound earthly celebrations have the potential to direct our minds, our hearts, and our souls toward the eternal God and the eternal destiny we have as Christians in and through the risen Lord Jesus. So then, let us celebrate with joy and let the celebrations cause us to remember our hope and destiny in Christ!