Christmas & Easter have pervaded the world in a profound way. Chinese factories churn out Nativity scenes. Muslim malls blast Joy to the World. Passion parades & Easter Egg hunts are still a thing (even if they’re a bit lacking in robust meaning). All this is, on the whole, a good start. But we have more ground to take. One spot on the calendar that is ripe for Christian cultural advancement is this week & next.
Today we celebrate the coronation of Christ. He took His seat upon the throne of Heaven & Earth as the undisputed Savior of mankind, and Lord of all things, all thrones and dominions, all men and angels, for all time. That should be enough to make you whoop & holler.
But my exhortation is this. If you’re able, begin to work towards circling Ascension & Pentecost Sundays on your calendar and put them on par with Christmas & Easter. Buy some early July 4th fireworks, and light them off tonight. Spread a feast fit for a King. Hang a piñata (which we’re planning to do after church next Sunday)! Gather some friends to sing until you’re hoarse. Open that special bottle of wine you’ve been saving.
Christ is King. Let us rejoice. He’s sent us His Spirit. Again I say rejoice. Hunt down your sin, like a mighty man certain of victory. Seek out the poor and downcast, and bring them the Good News. Proclaim liberty to captives, & lead them out of their captivity into the fellowship of the saints. Pray for our earthly kings to come to worship at Christ’s throne. And expect all your faithful efforts to bear fruit.
He has ascended on high & given gifts to men. Think upon it. Celebrate it. Build such a bright bonfire of joy that the nations are compelled to come.
One of the central errors of our age is that of thinking we can compartmentalize our lives; as if what we think about God can be nicely boxed up and stored in the attic. But to rip-off Tozer, what we think about God is the most important thing about us. Low views of God are lethal. Contenting ourselves with a Christ we can whistle up when its convenient for us is anemic. Our sins, great & small, all stem from neglecting the fear of the Lord in order to succumb to our fears of men. May God grant us the boldness which flows from our certainty that Christ is risen & ascended, that all things are under His feet, and that we are seated together with Him.