At this time of year, lots of people are thinking in terms of the resurrection of Jesus. On March 27, we had a whole day dedicated to what some people even call “resurrection day”. For many, this is also a time for people who are not normally interested in spiritual things, to check them out again, or maybe check them out for the first time. What I’m trying to say is, “This time of year is important for those in the Christian faith”. But why do we make it about just this time of year?
The reason that the early church began seeing The Lord’s Day as Sunday rather than Saturday, was because of the resurrection. Originally, The Lord’s Day was Saturday, because that was the day that God designated for His people to dedicate as a Sabbath. That was the day that they rested because God told them to, and because of that, the day was sacred and thus called The Lord’s Day. But then Jesus came and changed everything. Now we gather, worship, fellowship, and rest on Sundays to remind ourselves of the resurrection of Jesus – the event that defeated the grave.
Since the resurrection is so essential to our faith, it makes sense that we make a big deal of it during the spring time, when things are coming back to life after a winter of death. But I think Jesus coming back to life plays a bigger role than just a seasonal theme. It is a cornerstone to our faith, and without it, the hope that we have for life after death, and even for the life that we have on earth, is invalid. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:12-19:
Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say, “There is no resurrection of the dead”? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation is without foundation, and so is your faith. In addition, we are found to be false witnesses about God, because we have testified about God that He raised up Christ — whom He did not raise up if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, Christ has not been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. Therefore, those who have fallen asleep in Christ have also perished. If we have put our hope in Christ for this life only, we should be pitied more than anyone.
So I am so glad that people are thinking more about the resurrection during this season, and I think it is important to look at Easter themes more closely around Easter. But it also shouldn’t be limited to a season. We should celebrate Easter every week we gather with The Church to sing praise to, connect with, and grow in Jesus. If it weren’t for His resurrection, we couldn’t have life eternal or life abundant. So why would we choose to limit our thinking and celebration of that?
So every week when we gather together on The Lord’s Day, let’s remember what makes it The Lord’s Day. Let’s remember Jesus’ life, death, burial and life-bringing resurrection every time that we gather together as the body of Jesus.