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The Single Sacred Sunday Of Human History

The Single Sacred Sunday of Human History

If you start scanning sermons and books from preachers and theologians, you will quickly see that there are many renditions of the gospel.
It seems like everyone has their own patented version of how and what it means for God to have come into this world and what kind of salvation He provides. And as much as I enjoy getting caught up on the latest theological works, I will always prefer the definitions derived from a plain reading of the Scriptures.
One of my favorite definitions is provided by the apostle Paul in a side-comment that he makes in Romans. In the opening chapter, as he is introducing himself—he ends up getting sidetracked talking about the gospel and writes in this way,
“Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy scriptures, concerning his Son,”
—now here comes his description of the gospel, he says—
“concerning his Son who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of Holiness by His resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Did you catch it?
It’s very interesting to note the way Paul describes the gospel in this passage.
He introduces Jesus as the “Son.” This term is a title, by the way. Paul does not literally mean that Jesus is the son of a Father-God in the same way that if I have a male child, he would be my son. No, that’s not at all what Paul means. Paul always uses that term more as a title to imply a particular role that Jesus filled.
What is that role?
Well, it is derived from the one King David had. In the Old Testament, David was appointed to be the Son of God (2 Sam 7). Beyond this, you find a certain group of psalms describe David and his descendants as the sons of God so it seems like this was a common title provided to the Davidic monarchy.
Are you still with me? I know it’s getting a little dense here, but the payoff will be awesome.
To review, the term “son of God” is a title that Jesus receives and earns because He was “the root of David.” (Rev 5:5)
However, Jesus doesn’t earn this title simply because He is a descendant of David (i.e. “according to the flesh”).  According to Paul, it’s a title that Jesus earned when “He was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of Holiness by His resurrection from the dead.” This means that the moment Jesus rose from the dead was the exact moment His power and authority were vindicated. At that moment, all of the claims Jesus had made during His ministry were made completely valid. He was not a crazy man. He really was the Messiah and the Son of God.
This is an amazing biblical truth that I feel lacks emphasis in our Seventh-day Adventist Church because of our resistance towards anything that might even hint at Sunday-worship. Just the other day, I saw some friends post articles about Easter’s value and importance and immediately several well-meaning Adventists began to comment warning against creeping into Sunday worship.
But this isn’t about Sunday worship.
This is about Christ worship, and to do so, we have to recognize that there was a single sacred Sunday.
And it was Easter Sunday. Or Resurrection Sunday as other Christians call it.
It’s great to celebrate Jesus the Teacher, and Jesus the Crucified Savior, and Jesus the Interceding High Priest, and every other role Jesus carries, but it’s also just as—if not more!—important to celebrate Jesus the Risen Savior because, without the resurrection, nothing else matters.
If Jesus had stayed a cold, dead body in the tomb—no other biblical teaching would have any value. This is something that Paul himself admits in 1 Corinthians 15:17. Without the resurrection, our faith is futile because Jesus would have never been declared the Son of God in power.
So may you celebrate the single Sacred Sunday of human history.
May you know that Jesus rose from the dead, and may you be liberated from any concerns about celebrating Resurrection Sunday. May you know that Jesus is powerful and that He is the Son of God.
And may you know that if God can bring life to dead situations back then, He can bring new life to you today. That truth alone is worthy of celebration any and every day of the week.

Bryant Rodriguez

Hey! I'm Bryant Rodriguez. I like to think a lot. Currently, much of my thinking goes towards my work as a social media strategist for McKee Foods. (Basically, I try to make Little Debbie go viral). When I am not working, I spend a lot of time thinking about how to cultivate healthy spirituality in the 21st century. And sometimes the thoughts take shape and make their way to The Haystack.

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  1. We can completely and fully celebrate the Resurrection without any hint of celebrating the Sunday or presenting any need to consider it sacred when the Bible never gives it that commendation. The emphasis on the resurrection is key because without it our faith is vain, yet if you are going to present this one Sunday as sacred prove it from the scriptures. If that can’t be supplied, then why make a blanket statement such as this? I think the title is misleading because it’s simply false and can lead to misunderstanding. It will certainly get this article many more views, but I pray you would consider changing it since it’s not a biblical fact. That first day nor any other was declared by God to be sacred.

  2. Not celebrating Easter (for what it actually is) just because some other groups of people celebrate Easter Sunday differently is silly. I’ve heard a lot of Christians/Adventists who say/do this.

    However, they celebrate Sabbath on Saturday while majority of other Christians celebrate on Sunday. Wouldn’t the same thinking apply?

    Some Adventists like to pick/choose the gospel. I know we’re on various journeys, but those who pick/choose the gospel (i.e. won’t celebrate the real reasons for Easter or Christmas due to paganism) are the most critical of how others worship Jesus or view the gospel. *facepalm*.

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