Thursday, April 19, 2007

Going Deeper- Resurrection Day

The sermon for this topic can be found here.

Recently, we celebrated the biggest event in human history: the resurrection of Jesus. The first Christians began meeting regularly to celebrate “Resurrection Day”, eventually moving their weekly day of worship from Saturday (the traditional Sabbath) to Sunday, in order to correspond with the day Jesus rose (“the first day of the week”).

That means that every Sunday is a chance to get together and celebrate the resurrection, it’s not just something we do on Easter. Every Sunday is an opportunity to set the concerns of life aside and meet with the risen Christ.

It’s very easy to focus on ourselves at church. Did I like the experience? Did they play music I like? Is that lousy preacher ever going to end so I can get on with my day?

But that’s not why we gather together as a church. The goal is to focus on Jesus: to celebrate Him in worship, to remember Him in communion, to learn from Him through His word. So the next time you’re in church (hopefully this Sunday), take time to remember that the resurrection is still real, and Jesus is alive and present. And the more we focus on Him, the better it is for us anyway.

It reminds me of a song I used to sing growing up-
Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of his glory and grace.


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