The Most Important Days
The day you graduated. The day you got your first job. The day of your wedding. The day your children were born. All of those are important days, are they not? What other days would you add to the list? In this season, let’s take a few minutes to think about the most important days of all.
Do you ever feel like the number of holidays on the calendar continues to increase? I blame the Hallmark card people for adding them just to generate more revenue from sales. Or maybe it is Facebook’s fault because they just want to get more people to post. In fact, I saw that the other day was “National Jennifer Day” so “tag someone named Jennifer.” Really? Can we get a vote on some of these days?
There are also a lot of Christian holidays that show up on calendars … some of which most Christians are probably clueless about. But there are a few special days that rise above the rest. You probably think of Christmas as one … and you would be right. Even though we don’t know the actual day / date of Jesus’ birth (and it really doesn’t matter when it was exactly), that God “took on flesh” and began living a sinless life is HUGE!
Right now, we are in a season that has the biggest days in all of eternity (according to the first century apostle, Paul). In
1 Corinthians 15:3-5 he says, “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared….” The words “of first importance” (based on A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and other Early Christian Literature, 3rd edition) [C’mon, you’re impressed that I have that, aren’t you?] pertain to prominence— as in “foremost” or “most important.” What are those “most important” days?
1. The day that Jesus was crucified, died, and was buried (“Good Friday”). The sinless Savior didn’t die for himself; he died in our place and for our sin. We would have to die—eternally—if he didn’t. That makes that day important to me! We would have had no hope of heaven except for what happened that day.
2. The day that Jesus was raised from the dead (“Easter Sunday”). This was the second half of the transaction taking care of our sin. Paul says, in Romans 4:25, that Jesus “was delivered up for our trespasses [i.e. crucified for our sin] and raised for our justification.” He died to pay for our sin and was raised to prove we have been granted a relationship with God.
3. The day(s) that Jesus appeared alive to his followers (“Easter Sunday” and post-Easter Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, etc.). Were his appearances required for salvation? Well, no and yes. “No” because God’s saving work was accomplished in the death and resurrection of Jesus, period. Nothing else was needed. But let’s be honest, without the resurrection appearances we would be like “doubting Thomas” who said, “Unless I see … I will never believe!” [John 20:25]. He got to see … and he believed. His testimony, along with that of many others, gives credibility to its happening … and my faith.
I hope that these important days have impacted your head and heart and have enabled you to add one more important day to your calendar—the day you received Christ as your Savior and Lord!
All Scriptures quoted are from The English Standard Version of the Bible (ESV)