The first day of the week is special
In the matter of the resurrection of Christ, the first day of the week is of special significance.
"But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, bringing the spices which they had prepared.
"And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus." (Luke 24: 1-3)
These verses and the verses which follow set before us the reality of the bodily resurrection of Christ.
Certain women came to the tomb where Christ had been buried for the purpose of anointing his body.
They discovered the stone had been rolled away and upon entering the tomb, they found the body of Christ was missing.
The simple facts of the resurrection are; on Friday morning, the body of Christ was safe in the tomb.
On the Sabbath morning, the body was gone.
The question naturally arises, who removed the body? Could it be that the priests and scribes and other enemies of Christ had some how managed to rob the grave? Such a thing is unthinkable for if the enemies of Christ had managed to obtain possession of the deceased body of Christ, they would have been all too anxious to make it publicly known in order to disprove the resurrection.
Some who reject the bodily resurrection of Christ hold to the theory that the disciples removed the body.
Such a theory is not plausible because the disciples would have been much too frightened to attempt such a risky endeavor.
There is only one answer and it is found in the words of the angels who were present.
"And it happened that while they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling apparel; and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, ‘Why do you seek the living One among the dead? He is not here, but He has risen.’" (Luke 24: 4-6)
Those who deny the reality of the bodily resurrection of Christ, must also deny the truth of God’s word.
According to the words of the Apostle Paul, those who reject the truth of the resurrection effectively undermine any hope of salvation. "… and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain."
The consequence of denying the resurrection is that the whole gospel is subverted.
The validity of the claims of Christ is based upon His resurrection.
If Christ did rise, then He is indeed the Son of God and the Savior of the world.
His resurrection validates that His death upon the cross was accepted by God the Father.
If He did not rise, then none of these things are true.
He was not what He claimed to be and the shedding of His blood was not a ransom for sinners.
Those who firmly hold to the truth of Christ’s bodily resurrection should make it evident by celebrating that glorious truth each first day of the week.