In the church year, the two biggest holidays are Christmas and Easter. Church attendance soars on these two days, the days celebrated as Jesus’ birth and Jesus’ resurrection. Many churches have additional services, or move the service to a larger space, to accommodate the increased crowd size. Whether you are a twice-a-year churchgoer or attend weekly, Easter Sunday is a cause for great celebration.
But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb,taking the spices they had prepared. And they foundthe stone rolled away from the tomb,but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold,twomen stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they werefrightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you,while he was still in Galilee,that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men andbe crucified and onthe third day rise. ”And they remembered his words,and returning from the tomb theytold all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. (Luke 24:1-9, ESV)
After resting on the Sabbath several women went back to the tomb in which Jesus had been buried. Jesus’ body had not been prepared with the traditional spices used in burials. The women were returning to complete His burial. Instead of finding Jesus lying dead in the tomb, the linens, which had been wrapped around His body, were empty. There was no body. The women were told by angels that Jesus had risen, just as had been foretold.
Our faith, as Christians, is rooted in Easter Sunday. Do you believe that Jesus died and rose again?We are saved not only because Jesus, the perfect, sinless man died for our sins, but also because He rose again!Jesus defeated death. His resurrection showed that He was who He said He was. He was not just another prophet; He was the Son of God.
Resurrection Sunday. Easter. Both refer to the day that Jesus defeated death and rose again, granting everyone who believes, eternal salvation. What a glorious and joyful day!