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By Lois Parker Edstrom
Pictures of cyclists with arms raised
Let’s talk about things that are lifted up. Parade flags are placed on poles so others will be sure to see them. Flags are also raised on tall, stationary flag poles and placed on the tops of buildings so they can be seen from a distance.
Have you ever watched an athlete who has just won a race? The winner often stretches his or her arms above the head to express joy and celebrate the accomplishment. (Demonstrate this action.)
In team sports the winners may lift the team captain or the winning player onto their shoulders and carry him or her off the field.
Why are these things done? Yes, we lift something up so it can be seen and shared with others because it is something we believe in. It is something that has value and is satisfying. It is something that gives us joy and is cause for celebration.
In the biblical Book of John we find this verse “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up,” (3:14) “that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life” (3:15).
Believing in Jesus as the Son of God is something we celebrate. We lift him up for others to see by the way we live our lives. We want to share the joy and satisfaction of our Christian faith, the promise of eternal life. Hooray, we are all winners!
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2007, Richard Niell Donovan