The national holiday of Easter is over, but are you still thinking about Jesus? Are you still thinking about His resurrection?
Unfortunately, for many “Christians” the only time they think about the risen Savior and attend worship service is on Easter Sunday. This idea is completely foreign to the New Testament! In the gospel we read about the early Christians coming together every first day of the week (Sunday) to worship God. Every Sunday they came together to remember the death of Jesus and by implication, His resurrection from the dead. They remembered these events by partaking of the Lord’s Supper (Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; Acts 20:7).
But even beyond remembering the Lord’s resurrection on Sunday, God expects us to remember the resurrection of His Son all the time. The Apostle Paul emphasizes this in the verse below.
“Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David, according to my gospel.”
– Timothy 2:8
Paul says that the resurrection needs to constantly be on the forefront of our minds each and every day. Every day…
- We need to remember that the resurrection is the most the significant event not just in religious history, but in human history! It impacted the entire world!
- We need to remember how it fulfilled a promise made by Jesus. Jesus foretold that He would be killed by evil men and raised three days later (Mark 10:33-34).
- We need to remember that through, it Jesus’ claim to be the Son of God, was verified (Romans 1:4). It verified that Jesus has the power to save us from our sins.
- We need to remember how He was seen alive by hundreds of eyewitnesses (1 Corinthians 15:5-8).
- We need to remember how many of the eyewitnesses risked their lives testifying to others about what they saw (Acts 2:23-24, 32; 4:10).
- We need to remember how it confirms that there is coming a Judgment Day and Jesus will be our judge (Acts 17:30-31).
- We need to remember how it validates the preaching of the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:14).
- We need to remember how it validates our faith (1 Corinthians 15:17).
- We need to remember how it gives hope to those who die in Christ (1 Corinthians 15:18).
- We need to remember how it is the core of the gospel message (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Without the resurrection of Christ there is no legitimate reason for one to become a Christian!
As you can see, the importance of the resurrection cannot be overstated. Because of what it means and provides for us, it must be constantly in and on our minds.
Easter may be over. Sunday may still be a few days away. Be the significance of the resurrection still remains! Will you make sure to be ever mindful of it?
– Shawn Jeffries