Millions of people in Christendom are completely unaware of the fact that they are not amenable the 10 commandments. The lack of knowledge and understanding goes even to the extent that many of these individuals confuse the first of day of the week with the seventh day of the week by referring to it as the “Christian Sabbath.” But ignorance does not change reality, and reality says that the first day of the week is not referred to as the “Christian Sabbath” in any single verse of the New Testament.
The seventh day Sabbath had a purpose for the children of Israel (Deuteronomy 5: 2-4, 12, 15) and that purpose came to an end when the Law of Moses was replaced with the Law of Christ (Galatians 3:11, 24-25; Hebrews 8:6-7). The rest for God’s people under the New Covenant is not a single day of the week – it is the laborious induced hope of a continual reward of rest in the heavenly presence of God (Hebrews 4:8-11).
Go ahead and enjoy some physical rest. There is nothing wrong with resting in and of itself. But when it comes to resting (or worship) there is no need to confuse others when it comes to the relationship of the 10 commandments and the New Covenant by referring to the first day of the week as any sort of “Sabbath” other than a personal one that is not bound as a commandment upon the church as a whole by God (Romans 14:5-6).
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”” (Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV)
On this day, the first, when Jesus rose
Alive, and set aside his burial clothes,
His faithful followers come together and meet,
To sing his praise, around his table they eat,
And in his Name they pray for peace
And courage to speak, that he increase,
His grace be given, his saving truth be spread,
Because they know he lives who once was dead.
Their God is Father, they in Christ immersed,
This day they glory in him whom God raised first.
Church is not only an event, but a people. Church is definitely not a place, though time and place are essential. In church activities happen, but it’s more, a realm of Being.
Having said that, we go to church (that’s a very biblical phrase, BTW) to give, more than to receive. (More blessed, remember?) We go for our brothers and sisters in Christ, for their edification. We go for God, to meet him in a sacred moment, to glorify, and glory in, him; we go for Christ, to obey and find him.
Church is not a ritual to satisfy a legal demand, but one of many acts of obedience. There, life is found and lived and rejoiced in.
Be there today.
Today, the first day of the week, is a special day for Christians. On this day Jesus Christ arose. On this day the Lord appeared to his followers. On this day he ascended into heaven.
One wonders if on this day he will return to claim his people. Continue reading
The first day of the week is special to Christians. It is a day of celebration together, around the table of the Lord. It allows saints to encourage one another, draw strength for their service, confess faults, refocus their loyalties, and support the work of God. It often sets the tone for the entire week. It observes the principle of giving the first and best to the Lord. It is a day to remember the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and the promise of our own resurrection. On the first day of creation, God created light, and on the first day of the week, light and joy and satisfaction in the divine goodness belong to those who call upon the name of the Lord.
This is Sunday. How many times did you attend services today? Most of us had the opportunity for Bible study, Sunday AM worship and Sunday evening worship. Most of us will also have the opportunity of mid-week-night Bible study. That is a total of the possibility of four times to fellowship with those of like precious faith, to worship God, and to learn more about His Word and His will for us.
So what is my point? Too many of us today do not take advantage of all the opportunities we have. If you are not interested in being with the brethren to edify each other and to worship God, why do you think that you will enjoy being with the brethren continually in Heaven…or, perhaps a better question, what makes you think God will want you there?
May all of the members of Christ’s body be blessed today through their mutual edification and strengthened for the task always at hand, that of proclaiming the Good News to all. No greater work has been given us than this. No greater glory is ours than to belong to Christ and to see the Creator up close. May his Spirit inhabit in every soul, to the glory of God.
Yesterday George preached a great lesson on Responsibilities of Husbands and Wives. In all likelihood that’s the first of its kind for many of the listeners yesterday. We ended the day with a baptism of a young man who has been studying with our translator for a couple of months. We have great hopes for this young man – he has truly been a searcher. You can read more about it at our travelblog: http://www.travelblog.org/Africa/Tanzania/Centre/Iringa/blog-613978.html
I’m preaching through the book of Matthew currently. Yesterday was chapter 3. I’m stressing the purpose for Matthew’s writing (namely, to prove to his readers that Jesus of Nazareth was/is the Messiah) and trying to “give the sense” of the reading (Neh. 8:8).
So far we’ve stressed:
Accumulating evidence that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ (all fulfilled OT predictions):
- Descendant of Abraham
- Descendant of David
- Born of a virgin
- Born in Bethlehem
- Wilderness prophet forerunner
Finally, yesterday we noted the heavenly Father’s pronouncement of who Jesus was.
What word, phrase, truth, or declaration did you hear yesterday (Sunday) from a teacher, preacher, or Barnabas that made your ears ring, your eyes water, or your shoulders square?
It’s Sunday . . . the (REAL) first day of the week also known as the LORD’s day (Rev. 1:10). Monday is only the first day of the BUSINESS week. Think about it. Many calendars now show Monday in the first day of the week spot (far left) or at least allow that as an optional view (i.e., electronic versions). How secular we have become. And don’t forget C.E. (Common Era) and B.C.E. instead of B.C. and A.D. (Anno Domini; lit. year of our Lord).