Celebrating Resurrection Day Today
In the Old Testament times, the people of God had to offer up the first fruits of their harvest (Lev 23:9-11).
In the New Testament times, after His resurrection, Jesus appeared to two of his disciples who did not recognize Him, and gave us the example on how to commemorate Resurrection Day.
As they talked and discussed these things, Jesus himself suddenly came and began walking with them. But God kept them from recognizing him.
Luke 24:15 (NLT)
“The things that happened to Jesus, the man from Nazareth,” they said. “He was a prophet who did powerful miracles, and he was a mighty teacher in the eyes of God and all the people. But our leading priests and other religious leaders handed him over to be condemned to death, and they crucified him. We had hoped he was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel. This all happened three days ago.”
Luke 24:19 (NLT)
After the crucifixion, the disciples forgot everything Jesus had thought them and lost hope that He was indeed the Messiah. Even as He stood in front of them and spoke with them after His resurrection, they could not recognize Him. So that night, Jesus broke bread with them – the bread of the resurrection – and allowed their spiritual eyes to open and recognize their Savior.