And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.” (Matthew 28:9-10)
Those He Loved
Today is the Lord’s day. The First day of the week. The reason this day is important is because there was a day two thousand years ago that changed the world. It changed history and charted the course of the future. Jesus died and was buried. But then the first day came. The tomb was empty. Resurrection. There are a lot of people Jesus could have appeared and showed Himself. Why not Herod or Pilate and the Jews that screamed out to kill Him? The Lord could have walked in the palace of Caesar and explained Who really rules in the affairs of men. Of all the people Jesus could have appeared – He chose to show Himself to people that loved Him. They needed to see Him because they were going to take His message to the whole world.
Today is the Lord’s day. Jesus wants to meet with people that love Him. After resurrection He chose whom to appear. He met disciples in a closed room, a garden and a road to Emmaus. Today it is our choice to meet the Lord. He sits on His throne witnessing the throngs of saints who gather today to sing to Him, pray to Him, learn about Him and remember what He did. He looks down upon the ocean of humanity and all through the world people that love Him gather together. In our worship on this first day of the week we meet with Jesus and show Him how much we love Him.
Today is the Lord’s day because this is a day when He came from the grave and bestowed on each one of us the joy of redemption. What is really exciting is to think about the day when He returns to gather together those who love Him. We get to see Him face to face. As you sing today think about His love. When prayers are lifted consider the love He gave. Then when the preaching begins fill your heart with reverence to know of His presence in your life. And then there is the memorial. The Lord’s Supper is not just an act of worship; it is an expression of devotion. It shows how much Jesus loved us. He died for me. Let this feast move your heart. Remember.
He is coming back one day and like that first day of the week He is coming back to find those that love Him. Do you love Him? Are you ready for Him to come back and take us home? Lord come quickly. Please.
Christ’s resurrection, being the decisive event in all history, nothing that can ever happen will equal it in importance. (Jean Danielou, The Lord of History, 1958)