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By Makenna Nahorniak
I feel so deeply that it’s easy to slip into a routine. Get up, get work done, fall asleep, linger in bed on early mornings, slowly wake and wait for the next day to disappear. Faith is forgotten, and sometimes, Christians get bored. We forget about the hope. We forget to stop for a second and celebrate the One who brought us back to life.
Easter Sunday seems to be a day of new beginnings. I woke up and felt a renewed, deep sense of joy that comes from simply knowing that my Redeemer lives. There’s something about that wonderful day that leaves me awestruck.
Boredom creeps in when we cease to celebrate; when we cease to sit still and let our hearts radiate praise. When we cease to soak ourselves in the joy that the Father richly instills in us, we become weary and distracted. We lose sight of the good and dwell on the bad.
Let us not lose sight of celebration.
Let us live in a constant state of jollification. Jollification by definition means “A lively celebration with others.”
I believe that the Church should be a people of jollification.
We can be characterized as a people of lively celebration because when our Lord met us where we were and rescued us, He didn’t leave time to mourn for long.
We can celebrate because when Mary Magdalene traveled to the tomb on the third day, Jesus’ body was nowhere to be found.
“And he said to them, ‘Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him.” Matthew 16:6
The same Spirit that lives in us raised Christ from the grave, beating death once and for all, forever giving us a reason to be overwhelmed by joy and admiration of His name.
He has awakened our souls and revived our dry bones, yet we drag along in our faith as if this life-changing truth has no significance at all. I think it’s time to return to lives of celebration. It’s time to restore the Church to a state of jollification.
He must be celebrated. His presence in our lives is worth acknowledging. He has done great things, and He isn’t finished yet. Jesus’ resurrection was more than just a miracle. Jesus’ resurrection is the reason that we can stand in faith, before a God who has conquered death itself. If death had not been beaten, we’d still be chained.
His resurrection has released us. It’s time to let loose and celebrate. We are free indeed.
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36
Makenna Nahorniak is a junior at Christian Life School. She enjoys leading worship, singing, reading, writing and using her words to encourage others’ hearts.