A preacher was telling the story about the death, burial and resurrection of Christ to a group of children. He asked, “What did Jesus say when He came forth from the grave?” He was trying to make the point that He didn’t need to say anything that His wondrous miracle said more than words could ever say. A young lady however insisted that she knew what Jesus said. The preacher finally asked her to tell him what Jesus said. She smiled widely and said, “Ta Dah!”
Now I don’t know that Jesus actually said, if anything at all, but from a human standpoint I can imagine the excitement of just defying death and just perhaps Jesus doing something like that, (in part because I believe that Jesus had a human side as well as a sense of humor).
We are entering into a time of the year at which most of the religious world celebrates “Easter.” It might surprise some of you to know that our church doesn’t do that. I know that it is hard for you to imagine someone claiming to be a Christian and yet not celebrating this very special day. Yet for us, it is no different than any other Sunday.
You see, the Bible tells us to come together the first day of each week to worship God. The early church did just that, Jesus told the early church to remember His death, burial and resurrection through the partaking of “The Lord’s Supper” or “Communion” whenever they met that way, (Matthew 26:26-29). The early church is seen coming together on the first day of every week to “break bread” or to partake of the Lord’s Supper, (Acts 20:7; I Cor. 11:23-30; 16:1-2).
In other words, we don’t need one special Sunday to celebrate the resurrection of the “Savior of the World.” We do it each and every “First day of the Week,” every “Sunday.” I know that some of you may ask the question, “Won’t doing that make it something that is no longer special? My answer is no, not at all, it is a continual reminder of the sacrifice Christ on our behalf. The Apostle Paul wrote in I Cor. 11:26 “For as often as you eat this bread, and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.” Not only His death, but His resurrection, because that is part of what the Gospel is all about, (I Cor. 15:1-4).
I don’t know about you, but remembering “The Great Ta Dah” every week is a great thing and a great comfort to me. My prayer is that you will see past the “display and circumstance” that so many heap upon this one special day of the year and understand that it is something you can participate in every Sunday with the same sense of awe. – MFTH
God bless you all and have a great week,