The lady as much as told my wife that. Her words were, you’re not going to Heaven …
The reason for this prophetic (or should I say pathetic) statement was because my wife doesn’t worship on Saturday, the Sabbath. My wife accurately replied that she likes to think we should worship every day. Good for her! “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad it in.” Sounds like worship!
Okay let’s make a distinction. The Sabbath is the seventh day of creation. It is Saturday. The Lord’s Day is the first day of the week. It is Sunday.
Christian’s celebrate the first day of the week as our day of rest and worship, not the seventh day. Because Jesus dismantled the bonds of death and came out of the grave on the first day of the week. Therefore it is called the Lord’s Day. See Revelation 1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like the sound of a trumpet,
Here are eight brief, biblical reasons for celebrating the Lord’s Day:
1. Jesus rose from the dead on the first day of the week. Mark 16:9
2. Jesus met with His Disciples after His resurrection on the first day of the week. John 20:19 & 26
3. The Disciples were commissioned to preach the gospel on the first day of the week. John 20:21
4. The Holy Spirit was imparted to the Disciples on the first day of the week. John 20:22
5. The church was born on the first day of the week because the Day of Pentecost was on a Sunday. Acts 2:1
6. The book of Revelation was given on the first day of the week. Rev. 1:10
7. The early church regularly met for worship on the first day of the week. Acts 20:7
8. The church collected it’s offerings on the first day of the week. 1 Corinthians 16:2
Sunday is not the last day of your weekend but the first day of your week and you start it off right by being in the House of God.
The Bible has no rules for the Lord’s Day. The rules for the Sabbath can’t be applied to the Lord’s Day. But that doesn’t mean we have to jettison the fourth commandment. God’s original intent to give us a day of holiness and rest can be observed.
Is the Lord’s Day a holy day? Yes, because it is His day. It’s a day of love and not legalism. So when you want to ask the pastor if it is okay to ____________….on the Lord’s day! Think again. It is not his day. It is the Lord’s Day. Ask him.
You will want to honor Him on His day. You will want to glorify Him on His day. Give Him reverence and praise thus observing the day as His, the Lord’s.
I. Make it a Holy Day
II. Make it a Healthy Day.
III. Make it a Happy Day.
Remember the Sabbath day not as a day of legalism that God gave to the Jews so long ago, but as a day of liberty whereby Jesus has set us free to love and serve Him!