The Christian Church has been celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ for centuries. The New Testament does not mention it, but churches were most likely remembering the Resurrection every year from at least the early part of the second century AD, if not earlier.
Some early Church documents describe an observance that began on Saturday evening with a vigil that continued until early Sunday morning when new Christians would be baptized and believers would share in the Lord’s Supper. By the end of the third century, Christians were remembering Christ’s Crucifixion on Good Friday and His Resurrection on Easter Sunday.
We started publishing GraceLife Thoughts on the Internet 18 years ago (March 1995). One of the great joys we’ve had during that time has been sharing about the Death, Burial and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ during the days leading up to Easter. As the Apostle Paul wrote so beautifully almost 2,000 years ago:
“For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.” 1 Corinthians 15:3-8
As we approach another Easter, we wanted to share with you some of the GraceLife Thoughts from previous years. We pray they will be a blessing to you and your family.
In Christ’s Love and Grace,