Celebration of a Resurrection

Many people have come to this particular Lord’s Day with thoughts of honoring or celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  For some it is simply a season which is called Easter. A lot of time and money is spent on  this day to present a grand performance.  Many come once a year for this event.

Families plan gatherings on this day.  Even as for the Christmas season, people who have no thoughts of God any other time of the year join their families or friends.

Those of a different faith came through our neighborhood this past week, handing out invitations for their once-a-year presentation. It sounded like a spectacular event, as if much had been put into it, even to surpass the resurrection, itself.

It was a joy for me to tell one of them that we plan and celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ every Lord’s Day.

She continued to tell me how great their event would be.  I continued to tell her how great ours is every week.  She left, after asking what church I attended.

Once a year cannot compare to the planning and celebration of Christ’s resurrection every week; as a taste of, and planning toward, that final gathering. (Ephesians 1:10)

I tend to agree with others who see those once-a -year worshippers as simply following a tradition. They do not really understand or believe in a true resurrection or a real Christ.

Faith in a man who actually “rose from the dead” brings us head-on, face-to-face with, this man who claimed to be God; died for the “sins of His people;” and was raised in victory over death.  His resurrection was the final presentation that was planned to deliver us, once-for-all, from death to eternal life. (Hebrews 9:24-28) This faith—this man—is the center of all of life, for every day and every thing.

Faith brings us daily to individual worship at Jesus’ feet, and—at least—weekly, to worship and celebrate His resurrection and our salvation, with His people.

“I will declare thy name unto my brethren,
in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.

Behold I and the children which God hath given me.
Hebrews 2:12-13

We, at Christ Reformed Church (Baptist) also, in obedience,  “remember His death” every week, in the observance of the Lord’s Supper.  We bear no judgment upon those who worship differently; we just rejoice in what we have.  If they have something we don’t have we don’t miss, or need it.  If we have Christ, we have everything.

“Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
Let your moderation be known to all men.  The Lord is at hand.”
Philippians 4:4-5

Father, we thank you, and praise you for another Lord’s Day; for this day of gathering to worship with your people.  Thank you for the days that follow, remembering what we have heard and learned today through the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ; that truth that is transforming us by the renewing of our minds, and conforming us to His image.  Thank you for pastors that lead and feed your flock; for your word and Spirit that is continually preparing us for the next Lord’s Day and for the glory that you have planned for us in that final gathering in Christ. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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