Eggs and Rabbits?

            I do not know when Easter, as is commonly celebrated, came into existence. I do not know when the tradition of colored, boiled eggs and chocolate bunnies began, but I like them both. I do know that eggs come from chickens and that rabbits come from rabbits and never do the two cross (Genesis 1:21, 25).

The Bible teaches that Christians are to commemorate the death of Jesus Christ every first day of the week.  And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight (Acts 20:7). I was recently told of someone who was amazed to hear of a church that partook of the Lord’s Supper every first day of the week. Imagine their shock when they learned that the Bible commands such action, while where they worship only partakes of the communion quarterly.

Matthew, Mark, Luke and John each recorded that it was upon the first day of the week that our Lord and Savior came forth from the grave (Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:2; Luke 24:1; John 20:1). These four penmen of the gospel did not always record the same events in the life of Christ but God deemed it necessary for each to document the resurrection.

             In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.   His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay (Matthew 28:1-6).

When the church gathers on the first day of the week it is a testimony of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Every day of life, of the child of God, is a testimony of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Every good work manifested by the church is a testimony of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.  But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.  For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.  But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming (I Corinthians 15:19-23).

Let us remember that we, as Christians,  live everyday because Christ lives eternally (Romans 5:17).

                                                                                Tim

 

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