Christians should remember Christ’s resurrection, just as we remember his death. The two go together. The New Testament does not require Christians to commemorate the resurrection in any particular manner or on any particular day. Yet millions of Christians throughout the centuries have found it helpful to do so, and the Bible does not forbid them to do so.
References to: Easter
Hints of sunrise dimmed the eastern stars. Through the darkness Mary Magdalene hurried to the garden tomb that Joseph of Arimathea had donated for Jesus’ burial. She and the other women could not sleep. They arose early to finish their hastily done job of preparing Jesus’ body for burial. There had not been enough time to buy all of the spices and to wrap the body properly before the Sabbath. Now that the Sabbath was over, the job could be completed.
Teachers tell us that to lay the foundation for a good education, students need to master the three academic Rs—Reading, ‘Riting and ‘Rithmatic. During the Easter season, let’s focus on three spiritual Rs that help us understand God’s plan for all humanity—Redemption, Restoration and Reconciliation.
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Good Friday and Easter set themselves as pivotal dates on the Christian calendar. I say “pivotal” because all that we–as Christians–hope and believe hinge upon the events commemorated on these days.
But then, does it seem strange that we don’t know exactly when they happened?
I know that many people put great emphasis on getting the details of Jesus arrest, trial, death and resurrection correct. We know that they happened between the years 30 to 33 AD, but it is impossible to pin down, beyond all doubt, the exact year.
The death and resurrection of Jesus have been the central events of the church’s faith confession since it was founded (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). It’s not surprising that the Lord’s crucifixion and rising to life should become the focal points of communal Christian worship and remembrance.
There is evidence that the apostolic church celebrated Jesus’ resurrection in worship gatherings on the first day of each week (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2). The Lord’s death was remembered in the bread and wine communion that was probably part of Christian fellowship meals (Luke 22:19-20).
Praise be to God! He has given us the victory through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! The spring festival celebrations remind us of the wonderful truth of the gospel — the good news that Jesus has obtained the victory, and that we share in that victory through faith in him.
We share in his death. “All of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death…. We were therefore buried with him through baptism…. We have been united with him like this in his death…. Our old self was crucified with him” (Romans 6:3-6).
Some Christian churches teach that Christians should not observe Easter because the holiday supposedly originated in paganism. We feel especially qualified to address this issue, for we once taught this but have come to understand that our objections were misguided.