About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
It was in the top of the
57 minute seventh inning of the deciding game between the Toronto Blue
Jays and the Texas Rangers. Fifty
thousand nail biting nervous fans in the Roger's Centre were devastated,
and even uncharacteristically angered in some cases.
Their beloved Blue Jays were now down by a run due to a fluky, once
in a lifetime call at home plate. Everyone
in the stadium and across Canada
was numb. Would Canada's team
lose the series because of a controversial play, a questionable dead ball
call by the umpire, and a baseball rule that took 18 minutes and MLB
experts in New York to figure out? Emotions
sank into a dungeon of despair. Then,
in the bottom of the inning, the sound of the crack of the bat
was heard echoing throughout the stadium.
Fanaticism exploded as every last fan jumped to his feet in joyous
relief. Emotions rose to the
heavens. Jose Bautista's three
run, third deck, home run would eventually win the game and the series for
the Jays. Fifty thousand fans
yelled, screamed, hugged, and danced for joy.
The stadium was rocking. The
roof was ready to blow. Everyone
was hysterical. It was mass
I've been in the Roger's
Centre with its fifty thousand insane fans.
It was this kind of fanaticism my pastor friend scolded us for not
having in our Sunday morning meetings.
I told him that I didn't yell, scream, or dance at a ball game, so
why would I yell, scream, and dance in a gathering of the saints.
I seldom even clap my hands, although being a guitar player, I
might be seen playing air guitar during worship.
To be sure, I am passionate about the Lord, but I don't express my
passion in such fanatical outbursts. That's
just not me.
Fanaticism may not be
part of who I am now but that may change.
Who I am now may not be who I will be when I leave this world
behind. The time may come when
I, yes maybe even I, might lose all sense of human rationality.
I may not be celebrating Jesus' victory with the white robed
martyred saints of Revelation 7 but I'm sure I'll be celebrating in
similar victory celebrations.
"After this I looked
and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from
every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing before the throne and
in front of the Lamb. They
were wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands.
And they cried out in a loud voice: 'Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.'
All the angels were standing around the throne and around the
elders and the four living creatures.
They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshipped God
saying, 'Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honour and power and
strength be to our God for ever and ever.
Amen (Revelation 7:9 to 12 NIV)!"
I'm sure you'd agree.
All human celebrations pale in comparison to this victory
celebration when the countless number of saints and the myriad of heavenly
angels worship the Lord Jesus Christ.
According to one modern usage of the word, this gathering, and those
like it, will be insane. All
of the normal processes of human rational behaviour will not be seen in
these majestic moments.
I am a Toronto Blue Jay
fan. My emotions, although
tempered by more important things in life, rise and fall with the ebb and
flow of baseball. The insanity
seen in the recent Blue Jays victory is a pathetic outburst of human
emotion when compared to the unimaginable insane hysteria seen throughout
the book of Revelation.
In 2 Corinthians 5:13 the
Apostle Paul said that "If we are out of our mind, it is for the sake
of God." Be assured, the
time will come when we will be out of our human minds.
We will celebrate the Lord Jesus Christ.
It will be mass insanity.