Today is the day the world celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Churches will hold special masses; people will perform special plays and sing special songs. I’ve been seeing crosses with purple sashes on them all around town. Today and Christmas are known as the most special religious holidays in the modern world. If you look around our auditorium, you won’t see any Easter decorations, we aren’t putting on a special play or a special performance. Why is that?
As New Testament Christians, we don’t just celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ one day out of the year, but we remember it every first day of the week. When Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper to His apostles, He told them that it represents the body and blood that would be shed on the cross. He instructed them that each time they partake of this, “This do in remembrance of Me” (1 Cor. 11:24-25). Following the New Testament example, we see that the Christians were gathering on every first day of the week to break bread (take the Lord’s Supper). Acts 20:7 says, “Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread.”
Every Sunday, we gather together to break bread and remember the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Every Sunday is special to us; not just one. By Jesus rising from the dead, we have hope at eternal life in heaven. That’s something to celebrate every day, not just on Easter. Today is no more special to us than last Sunday was or next Sunday will be.
Also, as New Testament Christians, the resurrection of Jesus Christ should be a daily reminder of the commitment we’ve made to serve Him. Romans 6:3-4 says, “Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” When we are baptized for the forgiveness of sins, we have died with Christ and now live a new life. Our resurrection out of the water is a symbol of the resurrection of Jesus after His death.
We should be reminded everyday of the decision we have made to be buried with Jesus and put to death the sin of our past. We should be reminded everyday of the new life we should be living. We should be reminded everyday of the hope we have to spend eternity in heaven with a resurrected Lord!
Praise God that we have a Savior who couldn’t be stopped by death. I get chills when I think about what was said by the angel at the tomb, “He is not here, He is risen” (Matt. 28:6).