The Lord’s resurrection has passed. There is a new era. Worship has changed days from the Sabbath (Saturday) to Sunday, the first day of the week.
The transition was not easy for the Jews to practice. In the New Testament, we often find Christians (a term first used at Antioch, Acts 11:26) worshiping at night. Previous worship traditions changed.
Sunday morning, Jesus first appeared to Mary Magdalene in the garden (Mark 16:9). The Lord’s second appearance was to a group of women going to tell the disciples the tomb was empty. Jesus met them on their way. They recognized our Lord (Matthew 28:9,10).
The third appearance of the Lord’s resurrection day was to two disciples, not to the remaining eleven. It happened as they were journeying from Jerusalem to the village of Emmaus. At the evening meal, when Jesus prayed, the two recognized the Lord ( Luke 24:13-32).
Why did the risen Savior appear to these select individuals? Several reasons come to mind. They were unbiased individuals. Secondly, they had a personal, heartfelt relationship with the Son of God. Third, they were individuals of personal faith and commitment to the Lord. They were also willing to share their knowledge of Jesus. Finally, they were everyday Christians, not ones of fame.
Examples of committed people are the focus of the good news. They are willing to live and to share what God gives them. Cheerful compliance is the critical ingredient to every thriving work of God. He uses not only the inner circle, but also the outer layer of dedicated individuals fulfilling the Great Commission of our Lord’s work. Because of their genuine faith and commitment, the early church grew exponentially.
May this Easter spirit flourish once again in our generation.