Every year much of Christendom celebrates the “Holy Week,” remembering Jesus’ last week on earth. Beginning with “Palm Sunday” (commemorating the triumphal entry with Jesus being hailed as king), “Maundy Thursday” (from the Latin “mandatum,” meaning commandment) remembering Jesus at the Last Supper saying to his apostles, “I give you a new commandment,” Jn. 13:34), then “Good Friday” (good for us since He died for our sins on that day), culminating in “Resurrection Sunday,” or as it is often called in the English-speaking world, “Easter.”
Annual celebrations were an integral part of the Old Testament system of worship with numerous yearly feasts, and every civil society has yearly patriotic and national commemorations and memorials. Many would find it strange for the church to not have such as well.
But in the New Testament, every single Lord’s Day is a celebration of the reality of the physical, bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead. The fact He died for us and that His tomb is empty is not important to us just one Sunday a year.
The Lord’s Day is our weekly and continual celebration and commemoration of the greatest truth of all time. So every Sunday the faithful meet. Each Sunday we observe His divinely instituted memorial feast. Every Sunday we cry, “He is risen!” (Matt. 17:9. 27:64; 28:6;7; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:9; 24,6,34; Rom. 1:4; 2 Tim. 2;8).
We have received, stand in and still today preach as the apostle Paul: “the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Cor. 15:1-4).