By Delvin R. Sweeney
Some days are naturally memorable. Other days require special effort to make memorable. I remember the thrill and the fear I experienced on our wedding day. We were in a car wreck on the way to the church building, emotions ran high, and we had some family disagreements. Even so, it was a day to remember and cherish.
A Terrible Day
I also remember traveling to an appointment on September, 11, 2001 and hearing on the radio that one of the World Trade Center towers in New York had been hit by an airplane. I phoned home to my wife who was homeschooling our two youngest and encouraged her to stop their lessons and turn on the television because history was being made. I knew this would be a day to remember.
If you’ve ever lost a loved one, you can relate to the sorrow the Egyptians would have felt over losing their firstborn male children. We can also imagine the relief the Hebrews must have felt in the protection of their children because they obeyed God’s command and sprinkled the blood of a lamb on their doorposts.
Of course, all great and memorable days, good and bad, pale in comparison to the greatest day in the history of mankind—the day God’s Son paid the price for our sin. As the eldest sons of the children of Israel were saved from death by the blood on the doorpost we, as sons and daughters of God, are saved by the blood of the sacrificial lamb of God.
A Wonderful Day
When people are baptized in our church, we emphasize the event as the most important day of their life. We tell young people who are baptized that this decision will affect every other major decision they make—in areas like education, career, marriage, and many more.
The next greatest day in their history will be when Jesus comes back to claim his church. The book of Revelation compares it to a wedding where Jesus is the groom and the church is his bride. What a day that will be!
Delvin R. (Dee) Sweeney is the senior minister at Milltown Christian Church in Milltown, Indiana. He and his wife, Cynthia, have three adult sons in the ministry and a daughter studying missions at Johnson University in Knoxville, Tennessee.