Posted by: peebles | April 8, 2012

Matthew 28:1 (NIV) After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week.

‘At dawn on the first day,’ How powerful are those words on that resurrection day. ‘At dawn on the first day,’ not only a new day, not only a new life, not only a new way of living, not only a new spiritual dimension, but a new way forward in believing in a resurrection life through Jesus. On this dawn of a new era, we see Jesus Christ who is, ‘THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE,’ no longer in the tomb, for the earth could no longer contain Him, Sin could no longer hold Him, death has lost its sting, death has lost its victory, as the angels proclaim, “He is not here He has risen!”

Jesus rose from the tomb on the first day of the week. The first new day on which the whole world could experience that resurrection life. He is the first, the beginning among many brethren, (Romans 8:29). This was a Genesis first day of the week, in more ways than one. The start of a new day, the beginning of a new dawn, the creation of a new way of living. This was the day that has changed history. This was a day when the doors of heaven were swung wide open; this was the day when Jesus rose from the dead! This was a Genesis day, on the first day of the week, everything changed. From a world that was once just darkness, to a new world of glorious light.

A new day of power, a new day of eternal hope, a new day of miracles. A day of accepting Jesus Christ into your heart’s as your Lord, and glorious risen Saviour. To become a new creation in Christ Jesus.

On the first day of the week, God said in Genesis 1:1 to3 (NIV) In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

On the first day of the week, can you imagine God speaking to the darkness of the tomb where Jesus lay. “Let there be light!” As the Holy Spirit hovered over the tomb, raising Jesus to life from the darkness of the tomb, and then bursting forth in to glorious day, up from the grave He rose, to reign! Jesus the light of the world has come to us, as the light of life. .

Now can you just imagine what happened on that first resurrection morning, as Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went down to the tomb? The deafen sound of the earthquake, the ground shaking beneath them. The crunching crackling noise as the angel of the Lord came down from heaven and rolled the stone away. This was not a light-weight stone over a small tomb, but a large heavy stone. The sound of the seal being broken, the grinding noise of stone rubbing off stone, as the angel rolls it away from the entrance. Then the sun rushing in filling the whole tomb with light. For one split second the world holds it breath, not a bird sang, not an animal moved, or a wind blew. Then Jesus Christ the glorious risen Saviour of the world walks out of the tomb ALIVE! The whole earth gasps with delight, rejoices and bursts in to songs of praise. The birds sang and the trees of the field clapped their hands, the mountains and stones sang out and the seas roared, as the whole earth rejoiced in His resurrection.

The Bible says in Romans 8; 19 to 22 (NIV) The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.

At dawn the first day of the week,

They will wait no more, at the dawn of the first day,

They will be in labour no more, no more childbirth pains,

At the dawn of the first day,

Because of the glorious risen Saviour Jesus,

Who is the first born from among many brethren.

Stuart Townend wrote these wonderful lyrics which describes what happened at ‘dawn on the first day of the week:’

See, what a morning, gloriously bright, With the dawning of hope in Jerusalem,

Folded the grave-clothes, tomb filled with light, As the angels announce, “Christ is risen!”
See God’s salvation plan, Wrought in love, borne in pain, paid in sacrifice,
Fulfilled in Christ, the Man, For He lives: Christ is risen from the dead!

My friend, what an amazing verse we have to read from today in Matthew 28:1 (NIV), After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week. The dawn of a glorious new day of eternal hope in Jesus Christ. It is very interesting to note, on the Sabbath God rested; now after the Sabbath anew creative work has begun on earth, through the glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

We have entered into a new dawn of believing,

A new dawn of victory,

A new dawn of faith,

A new dawn of life in Jesus,

A new dawn of power in the Holy Spirit,

And a new dawn of the resurrection power in Jesus Christ.

On the first day of the week, it became a Genesis day. A day when the stone was rolled away. When the miracle of the Resurrection happened, when Jesus rose from the dead, to herald the dawn of a new day. May this first day of the week, be for you a Genesis day. A day of new beginnings in the Lord God Almighty; A day of new beginnings in Christ Jesus, and a new day of power in the Holy Spirit.

God bless you my friend, Matthew.

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