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April 2004

No Ordinary Day

But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”   (Mt. 28:5-6)

Things are not always as they appear. These ladies had come to complete the task of anointing the body of Jesus, which was hastily placed in the tomb. However, they were surprised to hear the words of the angel, “He is not here; for He is risen!” These words changed this ordinary day to an extraordinary day.

However, consider for a moment if this statement wasn’t shared. There wouldn’t have been a resurrection from the dead. We would not have an Easter celebration. There would be no reason to come to church. There would be no hope or help for mankind to be rescued and redeemed. But the Apostle Paul, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit silences any doubt and dispute about the RESURRECTION. He writes:

“And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.”    (1 Corinthians 15:14)

Without the resurrection there would be no need to come to church, to preach, to teach, or to evangelize. There would be no way we can save ourselves. We would be doomed to eternity of hell.

Without the resurrection, that first Sunday after the death of Christ on Friday, would have been just an ordinary day. But thanks be to God, that Christ rose from the grave after Good Friday. Thanks be to God that the resurrection assures us that this is no ORDINARY DAY. It is the Day our heavenly Father accepted the sacrifice of His Son’s death. The Day that Jesus won the victory over our enemies for all who believe. It is the Day that guarantees life with Christ is one of joy and peace, begun in this world and will continue throughout all of eternity.

This is no ordinary Day, but a day that changed the world for the better. This is no ordinary Day, but a day that anchored our eternal destiny. This is no ordinary Day, but a day that gave us the sure and certain promise that we will rise again from the dead. Though our bodies will be buried and placed in the grave, yet, by the power of Christ we shall rise again, as Paul stated so faithful,

“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16).

This is no ordinary Day, but a day that needs to be shared with all the world, so that they too, may come to believe in the Easter faith by the power of the Holy Spirit. This is no ordinary day. It needs to be shared again with those who drifted from this Easter faith to become absorbed in the trials and trivia of earthly life. They need to hear it again before it is too late. As again the Apostle Paul has written: “But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.

In Christ all will be made alive because of this Day. To be sure, this is no ordinary Day. But a day that all men, women, boys and girls need to know about. Thanks be to God, that Easter, isn’t just another ORDINARY Day!.

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