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The Significance of the Lord's Day
The Significance Of The Lord's Day
John received his revelation on "the Lord’s day,” Revelation 1:10 "I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day…” an expression he used to speak of Sunday. The fact that John calls the first day of the week "the Lord’s day” is an indication of the significance Sunday came to have in the minds of early Christians. We would do well to consider the importance of the Lord’s day.
The Lord’s day is the Lord’s day. It belongs to the Lord. Every day is the day the Lord has made, and we should rejoice in them all, but the Lord’s day particularly. It is the weekly celebration of His resurrection. It is the birth date of His kingdom. (Acts 2) It is day that the news of forgiveness was first broadcasted to the world, beginning at Jerusalem. It is rightly His day. We ought not to treat it as common or ordinary.
The Lord’s supper is a part of the Lord’s day. It is the Lord’s supper, not ours. He does permit us to commune with Him; however, the meal is a memorial of His death, burial, resurrection, glorification and an anticipation of His return. What a privilege to partake at the Lord’s table. Let us not forget whose it is, lest we slight Him at the site His own memorial. Acts 2:42 - "And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” Acts 20:7 – "And upon the first day of the week, the disciples came together to break bread.”
The Lord’s worship is a Lord’s day activity. It is the Lord’s worship. He is the center of attention and the object of our devotion. Men have substituted their whims, their traditions, their opinions for the Lord’s commanded worship. John 4:23-24 – "But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” John 17:17 – "Thy word is truth.” Let us not gather in expectation of receiving "a lift” rather than offering ourselves in worship. The man who "goes to church” to "get something out of it” always comes away disappointed. The man who goes to worship to give himself to God cannot help but be edified. We all need to be present to worship God on the first day of the week. Hebrews 10:25 – "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Our worship to God consists of preaching/teaching, prayer, the singing of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (Colossians 3:16; Epheisans 5:19) (Hebrews 2:12 – "I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto Thee.”), the Lord’s Supper, and the giving of our means.
Giving of our means is done on the Lord’s day. The only giving of our financial means is done on the first day of the week only. 1 Corinthians 16:1-2 – "Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him.” Nowhere in the teaching of the New Testament do you find "special offerings” of any type. Giving is a personal, one on one matter, between you and God. Please understand that this is NOT tithing. Tithing was commanded under the Old Testament, not under the New Testament, because a person may prosper more some weeks than others. 2 Corinthians 9:7 – "Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”
Let us honor the Lord on His day, with His supper, in His way, in His worship and in His assembly. What a privilege is ours to be participants, His invited guests! Act like a guest. You are one, you know. A guest in the assembly where God is on the throne. Habakkuk 2:20 – "But the LORD is in His holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before Him.”
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