The churches of Christ firmly believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. This great event lies at the heart of our faith, hope, and salvation. The Bible teaches that our Lord was crucified, died, and was buried upon the "Preparation Day," that is, the day before the Jewish Passover Sabbath. Mark 15:42; Luke 23:54; John 19:31-42. This was the sixth day of the week. He was in the tomb over all of the Sabbath, the seventh day of the week. Then, very early on the first day of the week (the third day of His death), there was a great earthquake; an angel descended from heaven and rolled back the stone from the door; and Jesus arose! Over the next forty days, Jesus showed Himself alive to over 500 different people! Acts 1:1-3.
Jesus Christ was declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. Romans 1:1-4. He is the resurrection and the life. John 11:25. The validity of our baptism into Christ is centered upon the sureness of His resurrection. Romans 6:1-11; 1 Peter 3:21.
However, the churches of Christ do not celebrate an annual "holy day" called Easter. Why? The Bible does not teach it nor did the early Bible Christians observe it. Instead, the New Testament church met together every first day of the week to partake of the Lord's supper. Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:20; 16:1,2. The Bible refers to this day as the Lord's Day. Revelation 1:10. Today, the Lord's church continues to remember the Lord's resurrection on this special day - every week 52 times each year!
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