Easter. Many people feel today is the highlight of the year. Churches swell on Easter Sunday, just as they do at Christmas time. While we enjoy having extra people this day, let’s think a little more about Easter.
The entire Bible revolves around the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. There is no doubt that these events are the heart of the faith. But isn’t it strange that the New Testament does not mention the celebration of Easter – as a specific yearly day above all others? Historically there was a debate over the date when the crucifixion took place; nobody really knew for sure. It grew into an early church squabble, so a date was chosen at the first church-wide council (Nicea) in 325 a.d. Even then the controversy continued. Two hundred years later the church had become more institutionalized and preferred to baptize people only on Easter Sunday. While Jesus Christ didn’t reveal in the New Testament a special yearly day to celebrate his death and resurrection, men chose one anyway.
What Jesus did command is that His church should remember his sacrifice every Sunday (Matt.26:26-29; Acts 20:7). Each Sunday is the Lord’s day (Rev.1:10), on which we celebrate the Lord’s supper (1 Cor.11:20). While it may seem strange to some people that we don’t practice the celebration of Easter, we actually remember Him every first day of the week. This is the way Jesus wanted it to be done.
We are the church that celebrates Jesus every Sunday. Glad you joined us today. Come back next Sunday too.
– Tim Johnson