Anniversaries of special events encompass our lives. Russ and I were married August 18, 1984, Ethan came along August 28, 1989, Eric May 15, 1992 and our first grandchild, Sebastian, February 6, 2018. Russ will be 67 in August (gasp!) and I will be….never mind what I will be.
I am weird about dates. I know my paternal grandfather died six weeks before I married and my paternal grandmother died nine weeks before Ethan was born. My maternal grandfather died in September of 2000 and my maternal grandmother died in July 2007, the year Ethan graduated high school. I can tell you anniversaries of other things, but won’t embarrass any friends by telling that I remember their wedding anniversary better that they do. I know my Daddy died April 29, 2018.
Anniversaries in the church are important. We celebrate the birth of Christ, His death and His resurrection. These anniversaries don’t have specific dates in history. We celebrate Christ’s birth on December 25th for many theological and astronomical reasons. One of the predominant theories is that after Constantine was converted in 336 AD, he set the date as December 25th. You are welcome to Google the history.
Easter is more easily traced as it corresponds to the Jewish season of Passover. We know that Passover marks the time when God rescued His people from the Egyptians. We as Christians know that it is a time when we remember Christ giving us the gift of eternal life.
In Colossians 2:11, Paul writes “You were buried with Him through baptism and raised with Him through faith in the power of God” (CEB). Growing up Baptist, I know I was saved April 10, 1968 and baptized April 17th. (My Big Mama was weird about dates too.)
What anniversaries do you celebrate and what marks their importance to you? I know Nathan begins his fourth year with us in July—THANK GOD—and we should mark that occasion too!
As we continue in this season of Lent, think about occasions and anniversaries that you note each year. This year we should rejoice at Christ’s death and resurrection, remember our salvation and baptism through Christ and celebrate them as the most important anniversaries of all.