What is the Lord’s Day?

There are seven days in every week, including today. God created every one of those seven days. We should be glad and rejoice in every one of these.

“This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”  — Pslams 118:24

Every day is a day that the Lord has made, but not every day is the Lord’s Day!

The Lord's Day Because of Redemption | Jack McNiel, Evangelist, Oak Grove Church of Christ

I’ve always found it interesting how our names for weekdays and calendar months all have meaning originating from the Romans or from pagan gods. January is named for the Roman god Janus. July is named for Julius Caesar. August is named after Augustus Caesar. The word Monday comes from Moon’s Day. Thursday derives from Thor’s Day; Saturday from Saturn’s Day, and so forth.

It is also interesting to me that the Jews did not have names for each day of the week. They had the Sabbath that fell on the 7th day of the week, but that is the only one named. The others were just numbered beginning with the 1st day following the Sabbath. The Sabbath day was to be a reminder that God created all things in six days and that He rested on the Sabbath. This day was set aside strictly for the Jews in the Law of Moses only applied to them.

Christians are not required to keep the Sabbath or any other Jewish religious day.

“Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.” — Colossians 2:16-17

These things were “nailed to the cross” along with Christ, Colossians 2:14. There is a day, though, that is known as the Lord’s Day (Revelation 1:10).

The Lord’s Day is on the first day of every single week. The Lord’s Day is the day in which the saints of God gather together to worship God. The Lord’s Day is not the same as the Sabbath, which was but a shadow of something better!

Why is the First Day of the Week Called the Lord’s Day?

The Resurrection Happened on the First Day of the Week

On the first day of the week, after the crucifixion, our Lord was resurrected from the grave (Matthew 28:1-6). The work of redemption was completed when Christ died upon the cross.

“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”  — John 19:30

It was on this particular day that the Christian’s redemption was confirmed! Jesus was, “declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.” (Romans 1:4).

Christ was resurrected on the first day of the week.

The Church was Established on the First Day of the Week

On the first day of the week, upon the Day of Pentecost, following Christ’s ascension back to heaven, man’s redemption was consecrated with the establishment of the church.

On this occasion, the resurrection of Christ was given as proof of redemption. Notice the Scriptural evidence given by Peter on this occasion as he quoted from the prophecies of David recorded in the book of Psalms, (Acts 2:22-39).

The promise of redemption was first realized by those who heard and obeyed the gospel on that day.

“And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.” — Acts 2:40-41

The church began on the first day of the week.

Christians Observe the Communion Feast on the First Day of the Week

On the first day of the week, Christians commune with Christ in remembrance and declaration of Christ’s death upon the cross, (Acts 20:7).

In 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, Paul wrote how he had received from the Lord instructions concerning the Lord’s Supper: that when we partake of the Lord’s Supper we do it in remembrance of Him.

We proclaim His death which brought our redemption until the Lord comes again! For all of these reasons the first day of the week is to those who are the disciples of Jesus, the Lord’s Day!

The First Day of the Week is The Lord’s Day

The Lord’s Day is Precious Because It Reminds us of the Price That was Paid for Our Redemption!

The Lord’s Day reminds us that at one time all of us have been in need of redemption.

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” — Romans 3:23-24

The Lord’s Day reminds us that our redemption came about through the blood that was shed on Calvary.

“In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.” — Ephesians 1:7

The Lord’s Day reminds us that the price that bought our redemption was steep!

“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” — 1 Peter 1:18-19

On the Lord’s Day, let us praise God and glorify Christ because, we had a debt we could not pay.

“He paid the debt He did not owe, we needed someone, To wash our sins away. And now we sing a brand new song, Amazing grace all day long, Christ Jesus paid the debt, That we could never pay.” Song lyrics by Ellis J. Crum

Jack McNiel, Evangelist
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