In a day when the Lord's Day is largely marginalized and unimportant (and that's among Christians!), it was refreshing to be reminded of what makes for a truly good Sunday evening. Jason opened up John 20:19-20 to show us what happened on the night of the Sunday when Jesus rose from the dead. "On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, 'Peace be with you.' When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord."
So what makes for a good Sunday evening? John 20:19-20 describes a pretty remarkable one, and we heard 4 things that made it so for the disciples:
- Who they met. Jesus was there! The disciples met their RISEN Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ there in that room. The presence of Jesus makes for a very good Sunday night.
- What they heard. "Peace be with you." They heard that they, though they were sinners, though they had abandoned their Savior when they most needed to stand by him, though they were cowering in fear that night, still they could have peace. This is the good news of the gospel, that sinful man can be reconciled, at peace, with the very God against whom they have rebelled.
- What they saw. They saw his hands and his side, signs of his dying love. They saw that his blood had been shed for their sins. With Jesus sin never has the last word; his love does.
- How they felt. Joyful! The fearful, mourning disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.
It's interesting. When we treat the Lord's Day like it's our day so that we can do more of what we want because we think that will be good for us, we actually miss out on the real blessing of what the Lord's Day should be.