- The Best Day of the Week
Now on the first
day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread,
Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued
his message until midnight. Acts 20:7
In the society we live in, fewer and
fewer people think of Sunday as a day of any religious significance
at all. Those converted to the Lord out of a completely non-religious
background have to make a major adjustment in their weekend habits
in order to meet with the saints on the Lords Day. But some
of us who have long been Christians may need to make some adjustments
about the Lords Day, too. It may be that because of
familiarity, etc. we neglect and abuse the day, failing to
let it be the special day it ought to be to us.
THE LORDS DAY
The first day of the week is referred
to as the Lords Day. I
was in the Spirit on the Lords Day, and I heard behind me
a loud voice, as of a trumpet (Revelation 1:10). In
the New Testament, the Lords people assembled to partake of
the Lords Supper on the first day of the week: Now
on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to
break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and
continued his message until midnight (Acts 20:7).
SPECIAL THINGS ABOUT THE LORDS
There are many things that are special
about the Lords Day.
God created light on the first
day of the week. (Genesis 1:3-5). Of all the physical things God
ever created, none is more symbolic of His own character than light.
Who alone has immortality, dwelling
in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom
be honor and everlasting power. Amen (1 Timothy 6:16).
This is the message which we have heard
from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no
darkness at all (1 John 1:5).
Jesus was resurrected from the dead
on the first day of the week. (Luke 23:50-24:3).
The Lords church began
on the first day of the week. (Acts 2:1-47; cf. Leviticus 23:15-21).
It is the day the Lords Supper
is to be observed. (Acts 20:7; cf. 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 &
It is the day we give of our means
to support the Lords work. (1 Corinthians 16:1-2).
It is a day of worship and singing.
We ought to be moved by this and look forward to it. (Cf. Revelation.
4 & 5).
It is a day of preaching and teaching
from Gods word - Ac. 20:7.
It is a day of prayer and personal
Bible study the Lords Day is a day of communion
with God and growth in our learning of the Scriptures.
It is a day of edification and spiritual
refreshment the Lords Day normally ought to be
the most spiritually strengthening day of the week. (Cf. Hebrews.
We are not required to make the first
day of the week a day of rest in the same sense that
the Jewish Sabbath was. The Sabbath has been done away: Having
wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which
was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed
it to the cross (Colossians 2:14; cf. vv.15-17). Sunday
is not the Christian Sabbath.
But the fact that it is the day the
saints are to observe the Lords Supper, etc. means that it
is a unique day of the week for Christians even those who
do not live in a society where it is possible to devote it exclusively
to the Lord.
Fortunately, however, we do live in
such a society and those who are involved in activities that
keep them from devoting the day to spiritual concerns are almost
always involved in such by choice.
Must we think even of the Lords
Day as ours and reluctantly let the Lord have part of it?
What better day could there be for
the many things we complain of not having enough time for otherwise:
Bible study, visitation, hospitality or personal evangelism.
We are all busy but is one day
out of seven too much to set aside for things that are explicitly
related to the Lord?
THINGS WE CAN DO
TO MAKE THE LORDS SPECIAL FOR OURSELVES
We can disentangle ourselves from activities
that interfere with it.
We can prepare for it.
We can pray about it.
We can reserve it for the Lord and
We can make memories of it for our
We really cannot do without the Lords
Day it is a part of what God has provided for our strengthening.
But we ought not to look upon the Lords Day merely as something
that is required for our good. We ought to derive deep fulfillment,
satisfaction, and even enjoyment from it. Sunday is the best day
of the week it ought to be our favorite day.
Would not the attitude implicit in
Psa. 122:1 cause us to look upon the Lords Day differently:
I was glad when they said to me, Let
us go into the house of the Lord.