Easter has come and passed. Quickly. I am suddenly appreciative of the ancient church observance of Lent which has never been a part of my experience or practice. Seven weeks of preparation and anticipation focused upon the celebration of the resurrection might certainly highlight the day and set the day in a proper relief and context.
But is not the weekly Lord’s day worship supposed to do that?
I walked outside thie Easter Sunday morning, “while it was still dark,” for reasons no more spiritual than to retrieve the Sunday paper. I looked around at all the quiet houses wondering how many of them really knew and believed that the Son of God had been raised from the dead. I wondered as well how zealous I would be to tell them if I really understood the profound significance of this reality. (I quickly ruled out banging on doors and shouting “He is risen” as being uneighborly at 5:45 AM.)
When the early church moved the weekly Sabbath from it’s seventh day position, it did not move it to the sixth day to commemorate the death of Christ, as critical as that is. Rather, the weekly sabbath was moved to the first day to commemorate His resurrection. The first day of the week stands as a perpetual reminder that He is risen.
My longing is that NO Sunday would pass by this year without my reflecting upon the knowledge that we worship and serve a living God who has raised our savior and Lord Jesus Christ from the dead.