We had a game night the other night. Just our little house church, some Christians in fellowship together and a few other friends, playing cards and making s’mores and throwing beanbags at big pieces of plywood (a sport here in Cincinnati, known as “corn hole”).
What the 2 twentysomethings who put it on, as well as the other men and women who were there, reminded me of is this: Christians have much to enjoy.
Some backbone to that statement:
3 Reasons People Who Truly Know Jesus Should be Happier than People Who Don’t
1) We have a Savior who knows we’re not great and loves us anyway.
“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:14-15
Jesus knew and knows every temptation, every flaw, every frailty, cowardice, and guilt-laden sin possible in the human heart. He knows what we do to people. He knows how we use them. And He has seen people spit on Him and He’s seen them claim to love Him before turning tail and running away in fear.
Jesus knows I’m prone to sin. He knows I was absolutely dead in my trespasses, a filthy, arrogant, greedy, manipulative little miscreant, and yet He sympathizes with me. Heals me. Forgives me. Loves me.
People like Zacchaeus and the thief crucified next to Jesus who repented, people who turn to Christ and give up on themselves and trust Him, have a Friend no one else has.
We have a Jesus who knows and saw and sees all wicked parts of the heart, and loves us enough to die for us.
2) What we have in Jesus can’t be taken away.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21
Paul calls the wreath, the prize Christians get, “imperishable.” His words and Jesus’ should remind us that while TVs break, vacations end, and clothes wear out, the joy of peace with God and the gifts He gives at the end of all things have no end whatsoever.
We will be celebrating a banquet with no curfew, invited by a Friend who brings every last one of His invited guests without fail.
Pursue Christ and enjoy Him, because what He gives will still be bearing fruit and causing joy a trillion years after the last season of Game of Thrones ended and the last ITunes gift card expired.
3) Jesus has all the authority in the world.
“When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, ‘Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.'” John 17:1-3
We don’t just worship and love a Christ who knows us and gives eternal gifts and the eternal joy of worshiping Him. We also worship a Jesus who has the authority to keep every single promise He made and do every single thing He said He would do.
He told the Jews He would raise His body up on the third day and He did. He said that He would cast out demons, heal the sick, seek and save the lost, found the church, and present those given to Him the Father on the last day.
Jesus said He would win, He would get the glory, and that He would bring those who believe in Him with Him.
And He has the right as God and the Son of God, to do it.
It’s one thing to be friends with a crazy person who claims to be the President. It’s a totally different thing to be best friends with the unquestioned and totally pure King who has the right to rule and give pardons and peace and rewards.
Christians should smile. We should give thanks for fun times we have with each other and sunny afternoons. And we should give thanks for the pains that discipline us. We should enjoy good music and food and prayer and weddings. We have a million reasons to be joyful, but they are all rooted in an unshakeable Jesus.