“I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day,” Rev 1:10
I know people debate whether “the Lord’s day” is the first day of the week or some other day. The Apostle John knew it was that day when he was in the spirit. It was a particular day in his life on which he found himself “in the spirit” and recorded the Revelation epistle from Jesus. That it was “the Lord’s day” distinguished it from other days. Now what impresses me is to learn that the Lord has a day.
Isn’t every day the “Lord’s day”? Yes and no. Yes, as the children recite that “this is the day which the Lord has made….”, which is every day. But John wasn’t making a theological point about the blessing of every day. John was distinguishing one day from the other days. If we can agree that John was speaking of a particular day, what day was it?
Days of the week. The New Testament mentions Sunday, Friday, and Saturday. But Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are not mentioned. And the Greek doesn’t use the English designations, but rather uses the the designation of Sabbath, or days leading up to the Sabbath. Our Saturday is called the Sabbath in the Bible which is the seventh day of the week; Friday is the Greek prosabbaton, or the day before the Sabbath; and Sunday is the “first” of the week, or the first of Sabbath week. Isn’t it interesting that our week still has seven days, just as God established in the Beginning? But I digress. These are only these three days of the week mentioned in the New Testament.
The Sabbath was part of the Old Mosaic dispensation which wasn’t known before God gave Moses the tablets (Neh 9:14) and which became obsolete after the Cross (Heb 9:15-17). Although Paul had his evangelistic reasons to visit Jews when they met on the Sabbath, Christians did not observe the day of rest in the New Testament, Acts 13:15; 16:13; 18:4. So it seems unlikely that the old Mosaic day of rest would be the “Lord’s Day”. And the mention of Friday, or prosabbaton, had to do with the day Jesus was crucified. Friday has no special significance or mention of it in the rest of the Bible. It would be hard to argue that Friday or Saturday would be the one designated as “the Lord’s day”.
Does the Lord still have a “Lord’s day”? Is there a day that is especially the Lord’s? As I read through the New Testament, Sunday stands out. Jesus was raised from the dead on the first day of the week, Jn 20:1. And Paul met with Christians on the first day of the week, Acts 20:6,7. It was the day that Christians came together for the express purpose to “break bread”, which is also known as “the Lord’s supper”. It was the first day of the week that Paul instructed the Christians to contribute to the Lord’s work, 1 Cor 16:1,2. Sunday really stands out as a good a strong candidate for being “the Lord’s day”.
I truly believe that we assemble on the Lord’s Day to partake of the Lord’s Supper that we might always remember and proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes again, Acts 20:6,7; 1 Cor. 11:23ff. We give our days to work, pleasure, and sleep.
“You shall not delay the offering from your harvest and your vintage. The firstborn of your sons you shall give to Me. 30 “You shall do the same with your oxen and with your sheep. It shall be with its mother seven days; on the eighth day you shall give it to Me.” Ex 22:29,30
There’s something else to consider too. God doesn’t get leftovers. God gets the first of everything. Exodus 13:2 says God gets the first of everything born. God gets the first fruits of your harvest. God gets the best in your sacrifices. Since believers bring to God what is of value, would it be reasonable to conclude that Sunday, the start of your week, should also be the Lord’s? It’s the day Christians assemble to remember the Lord’s death and to bring their contribution, the first of their earnings to the Lord. It seems reasonable that Christians ought to sacrifice time at the first of each week to the Lord. This is why the Hebrews writer said to assemble and don’t forsake it as some are in the habit of doing, Heb 10:25. Christians come together for worship and edification because the Lord always gets the first and the best; the first day of the week ought to be given to Him. It shouldn’t be given to our pleasures and pursuits. It should be given to the Lord. Jesus gets the first of our time each and every week.
I humbly offer this.
Sincerely, Dan Mayfield