Every holiday is an opportunity to reflect on the Gospel of salvation through Jesus’ sacrifice.  The sacrifice of our Passover Lamb should be the foundation of our whole year.  That kind of reflection comes naturally on Christmas and Easter.  But how much richer would every holiday be, if we used it as an opportunity to celebrate what God has accomplished in the Gospel?

What about the Fourth of July?  What if that holiday led us to reflect not only on our nation’s history and freedoms, but on the freedom purchased for us in the cross of Christ?

What about Valentine’s Day?  What if that holiday led us to reflect on how intimacy with Christ satisfies our deepest need for intimacy, allowing us to love our spouses more fully?

This is an excerpt from Sunday’s sermon, “Redeeming the Worlds Holidays,” which can be heard here.

Photo credit by Nathan Rupert.