The sweet people in my church will tell you that I tend to get excited in the pulpit. I have tried to be sedate and calm, but I just can’t do it. It’s a good thing they invented headset microphones, because if I had to stand behind the pulpit the entire time I might explode! I can’t stand still when I think of how awesome our God is. I can’t help but shout when I think of how amazing it is that God has seen fit to give us His perfect, inspired Word that we might know of Him and His standard and His Son. I can’t help but be excited about the Man named Jesus!
There is a hymn we sing from time to time that describes exactly why we can be excited about the man called Jesus, the Man who was more than just a man: “I serve a risen Savior, He’s in the world today! I know that He is living, whatever men may say. I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer, and just the time I need Him, He’s always near. He lives! He lives! Christ Jesus lives today! He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way. He lives! He lives, salvation to impart. You ask me how I know He lives; He lives within my heart!”
I am so glad that we don’t follow the teachings of a dead man, but that we are walking in fellowship with a risen Savior. Many times we are so afraid of excitement in our churches for fear of being negatively compared to others, accused of “excess” in worship. Yet, when we read the Bible we see throughout that excitement is a natural reaction at the realization that God loves us the way He does. Not only did He love us so much that He sent Jesus to pay for our sins and purchase our place in heaven (John 3:16), He dwells with us continually! The best part is that God doesn’t do this because we deserve it or earn it; He does it simply because He loves us.
Jesus issues a call to all who would be a child of God: “Follow Me!” (John 21:19b). The universalist view that says everyone can make it into heaven flies in the face of the Bible’s declaration of salvation exclusively through Christ. Only by faith in the God who became flesh and walked among men (John 1:14) can we be saved. When we surrender our souls to the living Savior for our salvation, we are also submitting to His lordship. If we can trust Jesus with our eternal soul, we can certainly trust Him with our temporal being. If Christ can maintain all of creation with a word, isn’t he to be trusted with our lives?
See what we as born again, blood-bought believers have to be excited about? Don’t you want to tell someone how good the risen Savior is? That’s why I take every opportunity that the Lord sees fit to give me to tell others about Christ and His work on Calvary. I am so grateful to Him that I can have assurance and hope and joy in all things because I know that my Redeemer lives!
John concludes his account of the Gospel with this statement, demonstrating his own excitement and wonder at the living Christ: “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were* written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that would* be written” (John 21:25). Think about what he is saying! John is so overwhelmed by the goodness, mercy and power of the living Christ that he says there’s not enough room in the world to recount all of His goodness! If that isn’t the words of a man excited about his Savior, I don’t know what is, and you and I have every reason to be excited about serving the risen Christ, too!