Luke 24:1-3 “But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.”
Acts 20:7 “On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread…”
I love Easter or Resurrection Sunday! I love seeing all the kids in their awesome outfits: pretty dresses, and really cool ties and bow ties. I love seeing the enthusiasm over the tremendous reality that this Jesus who was crucified is risen! He is alive, and he is ruling and reigning at the right hand of the Father. I love seeing every song sung champion the truth that He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today.
I love to see the people that I will probably only see again around Christmas! I love to take that one opportunity to show them love and to preach to them the power of Jesus Christ, and how only he can break them from their tombs of sin, guilt, and death.
Oh how I love Resurrection or Easter Sunday! Here is the truth though, every Sunday is a Resurrection Sunday. Why was the early church meeting on Sunday for worship and teaching? The answer is simply because it was the day that their Savior had risen from the grave, and validated his triumph over death, sin, and Satan.
Every time we gather to worship on Sunday, we are doing so as a corporate “Amen” to the reality that Jesus Christ is risen! This is of vital importance because every aspect of our worship and fellowship must be filtered through the lens that 2000 years ago that tomb was found empty. Let us never forget the words of Paul in his epistle to the Corinthian church.
1 Corinthians 15:13-19 “But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.”
If he is not alive, every word I preach is in vain. If he is not alive every song you sing is in vain. If he is not alive every hand you raise in worship is in vain. If he is not alive every brother or sister you help in his name is in vain. If he is not alive then every dollar you give is vain!
But beloved HE IS ALIVE! And every Sunday we have the opportunity to meet together to preach, and sing, and pray, and give, and serve, and love and none of it will ever be in vain. Because he lives! Every Sunday is a Resurrection Sunday.