March 27, 20170 comments
In a sermon entitled “If There is No Resurrection,” Charles Spurgeon captured the importance of the Resurrection with a striking statement. Mr. Spurgeon proclaimed, “Upon a life I did not live, upon a death I did not die; I risk my whole eternity on the resurrection.” Spurgeon’s words, which echo a great hymn from Horatio Bonar, remind us that our eternal destiny rests on the reality of Christ’s empty tomb. If Christ has not been raised, then we are above all people most to be pitied. But since Christ has been raised, we too will be raised with him to resurrection life. Everything we hold dear as Christians rests upon the resurrection.
As we approach Easter Sunday this year, our plan is to spend three weeks considering what Christ has accomplished on behalf of his people, culminating in worshipful celebration on Resurrection Sunday. In one sense, we rejoice in the resurrection each and every Lord’s Day. Indeed, that is why we call Sunday “the Lord’s Day,” for it is the day Christians have set aside each week to proclaim Jesus as risen from the dead. But it is also good for us to pause each year on Easter Sunday and specifically remember and celebrate the significance of what Christ has done. We often talk about our propensity to forget what’s most important, and that can be true with the Resurrection. We grow so accustomed to the truth that we lose sight of its significance. For that reason, it is our regular practice at MBC to highlight the Resurrection each and every Easter season.
This year, our celebration of the Resurrection will focus on three scenes from the end of Christ’s life, with each scene coming from the Gospel according to Matthew. You’ll remember our Advent series was drawn from the opening of Matthew’s Gospel, so our hope is that this Easter series will connect well with our earlier study. In order to aid your preparation for Easter Sunday, I’ve outline the series below, along with some Scripture readings for each week.
We pray you will be encouraged by this series and by the hope of the gospel. We also pray that this series will infuse in each of us a renewed desire to proclaim Christ and make him known!