A Victory Celebration

Bible:

Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the Lord, saying,

“I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously;
the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.
The Lord is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation;
this is my God, and I will praise him,
my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
The Lord is a man of war;
the Lord is his name.” Exodus 15:1-3 ESV

They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,

“Great and amazing are your deeds,
O Lord God the Almighty!
Just and true are your ways,
O King of the nations!
Who will not fear, O Lord,
and glorify your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come
and worship you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed.” Revelation 15:3-4 ESV

Reflection:

Has your favorite sports team ever won a championship? This is often a very exciting thing for a school or for a city. Sometimes there is a big victory parade. The players on the team might ride in cars while the fans cheer and wave flags and banners and throw confetti. Everyone is so happy with the victory that they can’t stop talking about the big game and praising the wonderful things the players did to win. The same thing might happen after an army wins a war for its country and comes home again.

There was also a huge celebration after the people of Israel were brought safely through the Red Sea. There was a big victory party with singing and dancing and a lot of joy. There was a difference, though. Israel’s army hadn’t done anything to win the victory. All they did was watch and see what God would do for them. God won the entire victory by himself. Their victory songs were songs of praise to their God, who had won the war against Pharaoh and Egypt and set Israel free.

The Bible talks about another victory celebration in heaven. In this celebration God’s people are singing a song called the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb. They are singing about another victory, the victory of the Lamb who brings his people safely through the plagues of judgment God sends to the world. In Jesus, God won the final victory over his enemies: sin, death, and the devil. Jesus’ death and resurrection made us his people, and we will praise Jesus in a victory celebration that will go on forever.

Prayer:

Dear Jesus, thank you for your wonderful victory that saved us and made us your own. Amen.

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