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April 16 2017_Resurrection of Christ

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I am often challenged when it comes to Sundays that are particular. No where in Scripture are we commanded to recognize particular days so for one to recognize them it is not a Biblical command.
Nowhere in Scripture are we commanded to recognize particular days so for one to recognize them it is not a Biblical command.
We also do not have commands to meet on Sunday - why do we do that? It is because of the resurrection of Christ.
While we cannot find a command to recognize Easter there is much we do that does not have overt commands to do
Some is a result of tradition
Some is a result of practical benefit
I would consider recognizing Easter to certainly fall into tradition and also having practical benefit.
Does it have concerns of being linked to Pagan holidays? Absolutely. So we should not consider it an act of compulsion, nor do I prefer to recognize Easter as the origins of Easter are pagan.
I do recognize the resurrection of Christ every Sunday; and to have a special focus on that resurrection is not wrong and it is actually of great benefit as it does cause us to recognize what is the stamp of approval by the Father of the sacrifice of the Son.
I do preach on this day with concern that I do not make it into something more than it ought to be and you should be similarly fearful.

The Significance of the Resurrection

It is an accurate statement that the birth, death, and resurrection of Christ are perhaps the most significant events in history.
In the birth of Christ were fulfilled prophecies of
Isaiah 9:6 AV
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Micah 5:2 AV
But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
Hosea 11:1 AV
When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.
Similarly, the death of Christ was prophesied in Scripture
Isaiah 53:12 AV
Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
Jeremiah 31:34 AV
And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
What about the resurrection of Christ?
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