Monuments of the Resurrection
Monuments serve at least two purposes. First, they stand as proof. A monument on a grave is proof that such a person actually lived, died, and is in the grave. Secondly, monuments serve as reminders. We might have a tendency to forget some great men and women of the past if it werenít for some memorial. The same principle is true with reference to the monuments of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. These monuments stand as proof of this great miracle and as reminders that it really did take place.
First, there is the monument of the Lordís Day. Jesus was raised from the dead on the first day of the week according to Matthew 28:1 and Luke 24:1,13, 21, and 46. Thus, that day is a special to all who believe in the resurrection. Before the day of Pentecost described in Acts 2, the Bible shows that God required the Jews to worship Him in a formal manner on the Sabbath, or seventh day of the week. However, since Pentecost, the Bible consistently shows that God expects His children to worship Him in a formal manner on the first day of the week, and it was described as the Lordís day. It is a special day.
Secondly, not only was the Lord raised that day, but the Lordís Supper (another monument to remind us of Christís death) was observed on that day according to Acts 20:7. Also, the collection was to be taken up on that day according to 1 Corinthians 16:1 & 2.
Thirdly, baptism is a monument of Christís death and resurrection. Romans 6:4 says, ďTherefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.Ē Thus, as Jesus died on the cross, was buried, and was raised, we die to sin, are buried in baptism, and are raised to walk in newness of life.
How about you? Have you been baptized into Christ? Do you worship Him on the Lordís day, and partake of His Supper to commemorate His death?
- by Tom Sutherland
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