The resurrection was the dawning of a new day.
It was Sunday, first day of a new week. A new life. A new beginning as the old days and old ways were put to death by crucifixion the Friday before.
The new day that dawned when the stone rolled away is a day that continues. We live in a world where the dead has come to life. Reality for us on this side of the empty tomb must look different from those who live thinking that death is the end and Jesus is optional. We think differently because now we know that death is not the end precisely because Jesus is Lord over death, and over all who would follow him.
His resurrection is not the end of the story, it is a new beginning.
The book of Acts gives us a window into the way the world reacted to the resurrection.
How did the world react to Jesus who died for them, and was raised for them? How should we react? What does it look like for people to live in the new day of the resurrection.
For the next year or so, we’ll be journeying through the book of Acts, following the lives of those closest to Jesus in the wake of his resurrection and his leaving. Our hope is that as we see the new day dawn on those first few believers, that we would begin to see that this new day is ours to experience as well. Because of who Jesus is and what he has done, we get new identities, new stories, new power, new problems, new hope, and a new family. We have a new destination and a new authority. We have new lives.