Holy Week Devotional - Resurrection Sunday

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During Holy Week we will be emailing daily devotionals that reflect on what happened each day during Holy Week. We hope and pray the Lord uses these devotionals, and additional resources, to encourage you and grow you in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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What Happened on Resurrection Sunday?

Suggested Readings

Some women discover the empty tomb and are instructed by angels
Matthew 28:1-7; Mark 16:1-7; Luke 24:1-7; John 20:1

The women, fearful and joyful, leave the garden and tell the disciples
Matthew 28:8-10; Luke 24:8-11; John 20:2

Peter and John rush to the tomb based upon Mary Magdalene’s report and discover it empty
Luke 24:12; John 20:3-10

Mary returns to the tomb and encounters Jesus
John 20:11-18

Jesus appears to Cleopas and a friend on the road to Emmaus
Luke 24:13-35

That evening Jesus appears to the Eleven (minus Thomas) in a house in Jerusalem
Luke 24:36-43; John 20:19-23

Devotional

In Matthew 28:1-8, we are told that Jesus’ followers were looking for him among the dead. Surprisingly (to them), they found the stone rolled away and the tomb empty, and an angel waiting to give them the news: “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; He is not here. See the place where they laid him” (Mark 16:6). Although Jesus Himself told the disciples that He would resurrect (Matthew 16:21, 17:22-23, 20:17-19), they were still surprised, and even when He appeared before them in His resurrected body, it took them seeing His hands and side before they would accept this reality (John 20:19-29).

Christ would remain on Earth for 40 more days, and during this time He gave the disciples (and us) what we know as the Great Commission: “All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And, behold, I am with you always, even until the end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20).

It is amazing how God orchestrated His plan to be carried out in order to save his people! This plan was known before the foundation of the world. As Christians, when we read about the victory granted to us through Christs’ resurrection, we are to obey the Great Commission and tell others about the greatness and the good news of Christ. Easter Sunday is a celebration to remind ourselves that we have hope in Christ for this life and also the life to come. As he was resurrected, we also will resurrect. Church, may we look forward with great anticipation Christ’s second coming.

Reflection

  • What is interesting about God selecting women to be the first to hear the good news?

  • What comfort might we Christians today get from Jesus’ words to Thomas in John 20?

  • Why is the resurrection significant?

Worship Through Song

What A Day

Verse 1
There was a day the sky was turned to darkness
And all creation groaned the greatest loss
The weight of all our sin upon His shoulders
Our blessed Savior hung upon the cross

Chorus 1
What a day oh what a day
When blood and mercy poured out saving grace
Hear the roar our thund'ring praise
All the saints are singing what a day

Verse 2
There was a day just as the dawn was breaking
The earth was shaking love was crucified
The angel called out do not be afraid
For He is risen Jesus is alive

Chorus 2
What a day oh what a day
Oh what power there's an empty grave
Hear the roar our thund'ring praise
All the saints are singing what a day

Verse 3
There'll come a day the heavens will be opened
Just like He promised Christ shall come again
We will behold the King in all His glory
And we’ll forever rule and reign with Him
We’ll forever rule and reign with Him

Chorus 3
What a day oh what a day
We will shout the Name above all names
Hear the roar our thund'ring praise
All the saints are singing what a day
All the saints are singing what a day


Additional Resources

Video: Holy Week - Resurrection Sunday

Filmed in conjunction with the book The Final Days of Jesus, this video features short explanations from and interviews with New Testament professors Doug Moo and Andreas Köstenberger on the importance of women being the first to discover the empty tomb and the meaning of Easter Sunday.

Holy Week Spotify Playlist

We created a Spotify playlist with music focused on Holy Week. We hope these songs will help you reflect on this momentous week, and help prepare your heart as we reflect on and celebrate these events.