God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
GOD’S LOVE DEMONSTRATION: OUR FIREWORKS DEMONSTRATION
Independence Day: “It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.” (John Adams)
Once a year to celebrate Independence Day, many families trek down to the waterfront to watch the fireworks demonstration. They bring their bug spray, snacks, and a little money to purchase those glow sticks for the grandkids.
There is no way you or I can earn a welcome into heaven, much less one that heaven’s fearsome, holy angels would celebrate with fireworks and great fanfare. Maybe like me, when you think of your sins, you think of the things that deserve fire, not fireworks – you think of eardrum-rattling judgment. We needed a “Day of Deliverance,” not from the musket-bearing, redcoat-wearing representatives of an oppressive overseas parliament but from our own sins. God Almighty gave us just such a day. Think about it! “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Here is God’s demonstration of love. Here is an “independence day” for all sinners.
Our salvation calls for a celebration much greater than “Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations.” We have been set free from a greater threat than the tyranny of an over-taxing government; we have been set free from the tyranny of Satan, the world-killer. Nestled safely in our Savior’s arms, we are not afraid of any of the noise that Satan, the world, or our sinful nature can throw at us in this life or the next. Our sins are paid for. We will be welcomed into heaven. How will we demonstrate our gladness? What “grand finale” will we light up for our Savior? What noisy thanksgiving will we rattle heaven with?