Celebrate Good Times, Come On!

Celebrate Good Times, Come On!

Even if you didn’t grow up in the ’70s or ’80s most people know this great song by Kool and the Gang. It makes you get up on your feet, put your hands together and dance. Celebrate life, have fun, enjoy this great gift you’ve been given.

We don’t always think of our faith with this kind of enthusiasm but that’s exactly the excitement and joy God wants us to have. Jesus came so that we could have life and have it to the full (John 10:10).

As we celebrate the advent season and the gift of Jesus at Christmas time we need to have the kind of joy that makes us want to jump. In the gospel of Luke chapter one we encounter this kind of joy through the story of Elizabeth and Mary. Mary is told by the angel that she will be with child through the Holy Spirit and she is to name him Jesus. She is told not to be afraid because she has found favor with God and “nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37). Mary then goes to the home of Zechariah to visit Elizabeth. Elizabeth is also with child (John the Baptist) and when Mary greets her, the child in her womb leaps. Elizabeth says, “As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!” (Luke 1:44-45)

When Jesus was barely being formed in Mary’s womb, John the Baptist  jumped for joy – in utero! This is the kind of joy we are to have in knowing Jesus. And we can “Celebrate Good times” knowing that what the Lord has said will be accomplished.

Celebrate good times, come on! (Let’s celebrate)
Celebrate good times, come on! (Let’s celebrate)

There’s a party goin’ on right here
A celebration to last throughout the years
So bring your good times and your laughter too
We gonna celebrate your party with you

Come on now, celebration
Let’s all celebrate and have a good time
We gonna celebrate and have a good time

Let’s join together and celebrate the best gift of all this Christmas season — with joy. Jump for joy today for the promises God has for all of us. Celebrate with the people God has placed in your life and be blessed this Christmas season.

KC DiNardo, Director of Student Ministries