The Bible tells us, in John 20:1-10, that "on the first day of the week" Mary Magdalene discovered that the tomb in which Jesus was laid after His crucifixion had been unsealed. When she reported this to the disciples Simon Peter and John, we are told, that they ran to the tomb, and John outran Peter and got there first. Upon looking into the tomb, John saw the linen cloths lying where Jesus had lain in death, but he did not enter. It was Peter who entered the tomb first and saw these same linen cloths as John, but he also saw the face cloth that had been on Jesus' head neatly folded up (or rolled) and lying "in a place by itself". Afterward, the two disciples went back to their homes, believing what they had seen, but not yet understanding the scripture "that He must rise from the dead". (Psa.16:10 & Luke 24:46)

            John 20:11ff reveals that Mary Magdalene remained at the tomb and wept. As she "investigated" the tomb she saw two angels, in white, sitting where Jesus had been laying, and inquired of them regarding where Jesus had been taken. As she was having conversation with the angels, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, although, initially, she did not know that it was Jesus. After a dialogue with Jesus and her recognition that He was truly Jesus, she went and announced that she had "seen the LORD and that He had said certain things to her. Subsequently, Jesus physically appeared to His disciples, as He had to Mary Magdalene, showed them his wounds and the disciples clearly understood that they had seen Him. After revealing Himself to one disciple who had not been in His presence earlier, Thomas, upon touching the wounds in the hands and side of Jesus, answered "My LORD and my God!" (v.28)

            John 20:29 contains Jesus' response to Didymus (the Twin) which are some of Jesus' most important words for those who are believers. He said: "Have you believed because you have seen Me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believed." (ESV) These few words are deeply profound because they form the basis or foundation of the Christian faith. "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." (Heb.11:1) Rom10:17:"So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ." (or "God" -NKJV) The apostle Paul wrote to the church in Corinth that the resurrection of Christ provides the hope of resurrection to life eternal for all of us who are in Christ. (15:20-26 & Rom.6:15 & 8:1) Paul also informed the church that they are to do as Jesus instituted and eat the bread and drink the cup "in remembrance of" Him and that every time this is done we "proclaim the LORD's death until He comes" (1Cor.11:23-26; Matt.26:26-29; John 14:1-3) We learn from Acts 2:42&20:7, as well as 1Cor.11:23ff, that the church came together on the "first day of the week" to eat the bread and cup - often called "The LORD's Supper". "Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God, must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who (diligently-NKJV) seek Him." (Heb.11:6)

            The Ripon church of Christ - "A Family of God rooted in Christ" - lives and worships by faith! We believe that Christ was resurrected from the dead and have faith that He will resurrect us to life eternal. We believe that Jesus' sacrifice was important enough to honor each, and every, first day of the week. Yes, we come together on every LORD's Day to honor and remember and proclaim Christ's life, death, burial, and RESURRECTION until He comes and drinks it "new" with us! May The Good LORD and our Savior continue to bless us as we live our life of faith here and seek to do His will always!

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