Day 3: New creation

John 20:19-20 NIV
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

“It is no wonder that the earliest Christians were convinced that this day, Sunday, the first day of the week, was the most appropriate day for the gathering of the church. Not only was it the day of the resurrected Lord, the day creation itself was reclaimed by God, but according to this pericope it was also the day the ‘church’ met for the first time.” (E.W. Klink, John, ZECNT)

The language here is significant because the writer of John was making an important connection to what God has brought about. Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1 both start with the words, “In the beginning…” And here, this highlighting of the “first day” marks a new beginning or a new genesis. It is the origin of the church – God’s people and his family. God has ushered in a new creation. Jesus’ resurrection is what all Christians testify to, and it’s the reason we gather together. The proof of Jesus’ resurrection is the empty tomb, but it’s also people being made alive to God within the church. We don’t have a dead faith but one that is alive because Jesus is with us! (from P. Jason Han’s message)

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the evidence of your resurrection and re-creation in and through our churches. May there be great joy overflowing as we gather throughout this week to worship and pray as your people and family. We pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s sing with thanksgiving and hope over our churches, especially the new verse that talks about the “we/us” in “How Great Thou Art (Until That Day)” by Matt Redman (click here).