Last Sunday was Easter Sunday so now we are back to just another ordinary Sunday, or are we? Although we celebrated the resurrection of Christ last Sunday in a special way, the resurrection of Christ isn't something we should only think about on Easter Sunday. The death and resurrection of Christ is the basis of the New Testament Church and thus the Christian life.
Consider Paul's rehearsal of the gospel he preached to the Corinthians, "For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to [many]" (1 Cor 15:3-5a).
Consider the ordinances of the church: Baptism and The Lord's Supper. Both of these sacred rituals commanded by Christ for us to observe remind us of His death and resurrection and that we only have life through him.
The death and resurrection of Christ is not an element in our worship but the foundation of our worship. As Paul said earlier, "If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain" (1 Cor 15:14). The resurrection is not something we can cut out; it is essential.
So, when we gather this Sunday, we gather to worship our risen Lord and Savior. We gather by faith on Sundays and live by faith everyday. By faith we have received Christ who, by the Spirit and through Scripture, speaks to us, "Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades" (Rev 1:17c-18).
Easter is not just about a Day in the life of believers but the Life of believers in all our days!
He has risen! He has risen indeed!
Grace and Peace,