A Pastor’s Perspective 11-02-2021
Yesterday’s bulletin listed Snyder members who went home to be with the Lord over the past year. They were indeed saints. As I read each name, I remembered each fondly. Those memories brought a mixture of emotions. Sadness, in that they won’t be physically present in our lives moving forward. Joy, in the knowledge they are home with the Lord. Thankfulness, for the impact they made while in our lives. Perhaps surprisingly, there was also a sense of responsibility. I (we) have a responsibility to carry on the legacy of faith and service our loved ones and fellow saints exemplified.
Many are not familiar with “All Saints’ Day” that we celebrated yesterday. The word “saint” comes from the Greek word “hagios”, which means “consecrated to God, holy, sacred, pious”. That definition would seem to support all Christians being saints who are alive or passed on. This conclusion is supported by Paul’s writings in Romans 16:2, Ephesians 4:12 and Ephesians 5:3.
Also, I Corinthians 1:2 states clearly: “To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy…”. The words “sanctified” and “holy” come from the same Greek root as the word that is commonly translated “saints”. Christians are saints by their connection with Jesus Christ. Protestants generally commemorate all Christians, living and deceased, on All Saints’ Day.
Ultimately, our celebration of “saints” is linked to our celebration of Christ’s victory over death. It’s His victory that gives us cause to celebrate our victory to live an abundant life NOW. Then, upon our last breath, conquer death to be with Him throughout eternity.
As saints, let’s strive to live sanctified and holy lives to glorify Christ; and, in remembrance of all those who’ve been faithful in the past. May we too be found faithful!
Celebrating You Today!