The Lord's Day

William C. Brownson

READ : 1 Corinthians 16:1-2

I was in the spirit on the Lord’s day . . . (Rev. 1:10)

How is the Sabbath Day related to the Lord’s Day? Think of the similarities: Both are weekly observances and both celebrate God’s mighty works.

But there are differences: Sabbath observance was instituted by God’s direct command; keeping the Lord’s Day was not. The emphasis in the Sabbath was on rest from labor; in the Lord’s Day it is on celebration and worship. And the Sabbath Day recalls creation and the Exodus; the Lord’s Day remembers Jesus’ resurrection.

Christians celebrate Jesus’ rising from the dead as the pivotal event in human history. Having lived a life of perfect obedience to God and having died for the sins of the world, Jesus was raised from death to endless life. This mighty work of God attests to Christ’s identity as God’s Son, to his finished work as our Savior, his victory over death, and his living presence with his people. In the triumph of Easter, God is making all things new.

Jesus twice appeared to his disciples on the first day of the week. The early Christians gathered for worship then. The apostle John calls it “The Lord’s Day.” Jesus’ resurrection made all the difference. That’s why believers for 20 centuries have gathered to worship on the first day of the week, the day we call Sunday, the Lord’s Day.

PRAYER

We bless you, O God, for the Lord’s Day!