The Easter narrative makes us fully aware of what happened on the first day of the week. Women went to Jesus’ tomb and found he was not dead; he was raised. The news spread throughout that first day of the week with Jesus appearing to his disciples and two people on the road to Emmaus. Easter changes lives, but for our world today, what are we to make of Easter on the second day of the week?
On Easter Sunday, churches were filled with worshipers. On the second day of the week, with the chorus of Jesus Christ is risen today!” fresh in its ears, the world returned to work. How long will it be before doubt once again creeps back to the forefront?
By the second day of the week, the daily struggle of earthly life returns in force. For many, grief remains, worry returns, relationships are still broken, and death looms on the horizon. Living in the midst of our brokenness, some forget that because of Easter, these things no longer have power over God’s people. In the face of sin and death, we have the promise of life in God’s kingdom.
Jesus’s resurrection on the first day of the week sets the tone for life in the face of death. It brings forgiveness in the face of sin. Through his death and resurrection, Jesus conquered the powers that defy God. On the first day of the week, every week, God’s people are witnesses to these things.
Prayer: Holy God, as we worship you on the first day pf the week, fill our hearts with Easter joy all the days of our lives. Amen.