Remembrance and Celebration
By shaunefc, Mar 8 2013 01:40PM
March this year is a very “busy” month as far as the Church calendar is concerned: Mothering Sunday is on the 10th; Palm Sunday, 24th; Good Friday, 29th; and, of course, Easter or Resurrection Day on the 31st.
Mothering Sunday gives us an opportunity of thanking God for our mothers, and we should not forget grandmothers and aunts, whether actually related to us or not, for all their kindnesses to each one of us.
Then, of course, there are the celebrations, or days of remembrance, which are connected to our Lord’s earthly life and ministry, which for Christians are – or at least should be – times of great remembrance. This, especially, should hold true for Easter when our Lord rose to life after His crucifixion and death. Easter, or Resurrection Day, for the Christian believer should be a far greater celebration than Christmas – for without Easter there would be no need for Christmas: if there were no need for a Saviour to die on the cross and rise again so that we might have everlasting life, then there would be no need for a Saviour to be born!
Sadly, so many people “celebrate” Christmas without really knowing what they are celebrating because they have no idea of what Good Friday and Easter are all about!
In Paul’s first letter to the Christians in Corinth, and the great 15th chapter which is often headed “The risen Christ, the Centre of our faith” we read about the benefits of our Lord’s resurrection for the Christian believer, in verses 20 to 23:
But now Christ has risen from the dead,
and has become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
For since my man came death,
by man also came the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
But each one in his own order:
Christ the first-fruits,
and afterwards those who are Christ’s at His coming.
So, as we come, towards the end of the month, to Palm Sunday, let us celebrate with the jubilant crowds as the Lord Jesus rode from near the Mount of Olives into Jerusalem as they shouted:
“Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord!” (Matthew 21:9)
And as we continue via the events which took place that week culminating in His taking part in the Passover and instituting The Lord’s Supper before going to the Garden of Gethsemane where He was arrested to face a number of sham trials, we come to the time of our Lord’s crucifixion on Good Friday with all that this means for our salvation, and then the joy of His Resurrection, remembering that although the disciples had met in the Upper Room with the door locked and bolted because of their fear of the Jewish authorities, when Jesus entered that room:
The disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. (John 20:20)