- Read John 20 here.
- If you missed Sunday’s sermon from John 20 (12 April), you can listen to it here.
I’ve occasionally considered the question, “which element of the Gospel story is the most important?” Perhaps this is simply pondering futility since each is connected to, and dependent upon, the others. But here are my thoughts anyway:
The Incarnation (Christmas): Although Christmas is such a large celebration I think that the message of God becoming human often gets lost in the food, gifts and tinsel. The truth that God became human and lived among us is a vital teaching in understanding our relationship with God. Jesus was much more than a holy man or wise teacher.
The Crucifixion (Good Friday): This is surely the most well recognised element of the Gospel story. “What can wash away our sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.” Romans 6:3 tells us that we’re baptised into Jesus death. Each time we participate in the Lord’s Supper we “remember his death”. Heb. 9:22 says that “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” If Jesus did not die for us we could not be forgiven.
The Resurrection (Easter Sunday): I think that because we meet each Sunday and focus the Lord’s Supper on Jesus’ death, we overlook the significance of meeting on the Sunday. The Sunday is the day Jesus rose from the dead, defeating death and Satan. The resurrection gives us hope of an existence greater than our present circumstances. It gives us confidence that we can have relationship with God. Jesus’ incarnation and crucifixion would mean little if the resurrection had never occurred. If God had died on the cross and that was the end of the story, then I agree with the apostle Paul, “our faith is futile… we are to be pitied more than all men.” (1 Cor. 15:17, 19)
Resurrection Sunday should be a significant day of celebration in our Christian walk. It gives us hope. How do you think about Resurrection Sunday? Is it more meaningful to you than other Sundays? Do you agree that we often under-emphasise the significance of meeting on the first day of the week?
Songs & Scripture:
Naturally this week I’m trying to create a list of Resurrection songs. I’m sure I won’t think of all of them, so please help me out with your suggestions:
- Low in the Grave He Lay
- Christ the Lord is Risen Today
- We Saw Thee Not
- Because He Lives (first line is “God sent His Son…”)
- He Lives (SFP, SOC)
- Thomas’ Song (SFP)
- Easter Song (SFP, best known for Keith Green’s recording on the 1977 album He Who Has Ears to Hear.)
- Were You There? (a traditional spiritual – widely available)