I like Resurrection (Easter) Sunday. Primarily for what happened. The first Resurrection Sunday was a pinnacle point in the redemptive history. Its significant has profound implications for today and tomorrow. Hence, as a church this day is an important day, not only for our congregation, but for all Christendom. It is special.
At the same time, it is not greatly different (and shouldn’t be drastically different) than any other Sunday. The minister still calls the “call to worship.” There’s still praying, singing, giving, reading, and preaching like other Sundays.
For churches that regularly preach and teach the gospel, this Sunday is no different (at least not drastically). Our liturgy reflects the cross and resurrection every Sunday, not just this Sunday. The songs we sing and the hymns we cherish reflect the message of resurrection and we do so every Sunday. We pray certain ways every week because of the resurrection. We preach what we preach and the way preach because of the resurrection. We think, we hope, we trust, we choose, and we live every week in light of the resurrection. Hence, for churches that are gospel-driven, this Easter Sunday is not drastically different than other Sundays.
The gospel includes not only what happened on the cross, but what also happened afterwards. Moreover, the redemptive story does not end with resurrection. It further includes the ascension and the future return of Christ. Hence, the gospel or God’s redemptive history includes the fulfillment of the past, and the present and future realities. This belief is nothing new. This is what the churches have been confessing all throughout her history. For instance:
I believe in God the Father… And in Jesus Christ…suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried…the third day he rose again from the dead: He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty: From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
Our weekly confession of faith depends on what happened in the past. For that reason, it has profound implications both presently and eschatologically. Hence, the churches that are true to the gospel regularly preach, teach, sing, pray, serve, fellowship, discipline, and partake and fence the table, not only on Good Friday or Easter Sunday. They do what they do every Sunday precisely because of the gospel. Hence, Easter Sunday is no different than any other Sunday. In fact, to worship on the first day of the week (and doing so every week) is to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:1; Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2). That is why churches gather on the first day of the week and that is why it is called the Lord’s Day. Thus, every Sunday is Lord’s Day precisely because of Christ’s resurrection. That is why if you are a member of gospel-loving, gospel-preaching, and gospel-driven church, chances are this Easter Sunday is not drastically different than other Sundays.