Keeping the Lord’s Day Holy

Please read Nehemiah 13:15-22.

Lord's day keepingThe Sabbath was created by God for man. Jesus confirms this in Mark 2:27. It was designed as a day of rest from work. It was also designed as a day to focus on the Lord and His worship.

This observance is so important that God included it in His top ten list!

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. – Exodus 20:8

There are some today that feel that it is no longer important to observe this commandment.  I have heard that, when Jesus declared that He was Lord of the Sabbath, we were set free from its observance. The problem with this argument is that Jesus is God. He observed the first sabbath after creation, but He and the Father have been working ever since.

But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. – John 5:17

The point Jesus was making during His earthly ministry was that the observance of the Sabbath should not be used to lord over the children of God like the Pharisees. We are to still do good things on the Sabbath especially if it involves showing love and compassion for another person.

There is also another debate about when this should be observed. In the Old Testament, Saturday was the Sabbath. However, it is very clear from scripture that immediately after Christ’s resurrection, on the first day of the week, there was a shift in the day of worship to the Lord’s Day, which is Sunday.

Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. – Mark 16:9

He rose on a Sunday, and He came to visit His disciples on Sundays.

Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. – John 20:19

And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. – John 20:26

We then see that this continues into the time of the ministry of Paul.

And upon thefirstdayoftheweek, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. – Acts 20:7

The pattern continues on in Revelation 1 where we find John on the Isle of Patmos worshipping on the Lord’s day which is Sunday.

Therefore, we should continue to observe a sabbath and it should be on Sunday. It would be proper if we were to cease from our earthly labors for a day and focus on the worship of God. We would also do well if we cease from doing business on that day so others may observe the day of rest and worship as well.

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