By S’ambrosia Wasike
There is something to be said about the beauty of personal times of worship. From the secret place of my bedroom I can gaze up to Heaven and whisper words of praise to my Father, feeling the sweetest connection between my heart and his.
But there is also something to be said for the experience of worshipping Christ in the midst of a congregation of people whose hearts are fixed solely on him. There’s an almost tangible energy that emanates from each person and culminates into one collective offering of worship. It is truly one of the most amazing aspects of being part of the body of Christ.
The Day of Jubilee
As Jesus made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, he was received with great anticipation. I imagine that the buzz of his arrival reverberated throughout the city to the degree that before he even arrived, the air was ripe with a spirit of jubilee.
The Jews had great reason to be jubilant. Their King, the Messiah, was coming to save them and set them free, just as God had promised their ancestors hundreds of years before. Having seen and heard of the miraculous acts Christ had performed, they needed no convincing that he was the one they had been waiting for.
A Coming Jubilee
The triumphal entry was only a precursor to what we now encounter in our gatherings as believers in the church. Every week we gather together with hearts prepared to receive the one Christ left in his stead—with a spirit of jubilation we usher in the Holy Spirit.
As great as it is to receive the presence of the Holy Spirit in our places of worship, there is an even greater day of jubilee to come. One day every living creature in Heaven and on earth will behold Christ as he returns as King. Again he will ride triumphantly to be received by his people, and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord. And at last he will receive the reward of his suffering.
S’ambrosia Wasike and her husband are living out their dreams in Kitale, Kenya, where they film documentaries for missionaries and train former orphans in art education.