Happy blessed victorious 37th anniversary to the entire Jesus Is Lord Church Worldwide family!
“Jesus is Lord!” For more than three decades, this has been our unchanging and resounding declaration as a church. There is a single reason behind this: the very heart of this precious ministry is the Lordship of Jesus Christ. We exist solely for the glory of His Name, hence our celebration of our 37th anniversary is aimed at lifting up our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Despite the fact that members of the JIL family are in different parts of the world, our hearts remain united in joy. But the question is, “What do we really celebrate?” Well, we can think of countless reasons behind it because the God we serve has showered us with overflowing blessings but here, let me focus on three essential truths that we, as the JIL Church, celebrate on this special day.
First, we celebrate God’s saving grace through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Nothing else truly binds us except the redeeming work of God that made us all alive. We, who have experienced this saving grace, are all in gratitude for this undeserved gift which freed us from the power of sin and gave us abundant life. Where would anyone of us be without God’s saving grace? Romans 3:23-24 says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”
Second, we celebrate our spiritual connection and fellowship in the family of God. Bound by the same grace and under the same church, we are a big family. And this once a year gathering of all JIL people all over the world allows us to not only meet one another but, also, to meet God together. These shared experiences reinforce that connection that makes us all a family.
Third, we celebrate our God-ordained purpose and mandate as a church. Our special day does not simply mean joyful festivities participated by our members worldwide. Our special day also reminds us of God’s grand purpose for us – to proclaim the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Repeatedly, we are urged to respond to Matthew 28:19-20 which says, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Brothers and sisters, more than being a most awaited event, our every anniversary is a time to celebrate God’s goodness and faithfulness in our church and in our individual lives as well.
Hence, for this year, my sincerest prayer for all of you is to overflow with God’s saving grace, to savor the sweet fellowship with one another, and to continue the quest towards the fulfillment of God’s divine purpose in your life. Rest assured that as you live solely for God’s glory, you are becoming a pleasing aroma before His throne in heaven, an offering that gives joy to our Creator and King.
God bless you more and more and God bless the Philippines!