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Sunday or Sabbath Worship?

by Dr. D ~ July 1st, 2006

Q: Why do Christians follow Roman man-made traditions and worship on Sundays? After all, Saturday is the real Sabbath. A: In truth, every day is a good and proper day to worship our God. Nevertheless, Sunday gradually replaced Saturday as the major day of worship for most Christians:

Following the death and resurrection of Jesus, the early Christians began meeting on Sundays almost immediately. Jesus was resurrected early Sunday morning (Mark 16:9), and one week later on Sunday evening, the disciples were gathered together and Jesus appeared to them (John 20:19). They were gathered also on the next Sunday, when Jesus appeared to them again–this time Thomas was present. On one of those occasions, Jesus told his disciples to stay in Jerusalem until they received the Holy Spirit which would empower them to fulfill their mission to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the Earth (Acts 1:3-8).

Seven weeks after the resurrection, the Christian community was all gathered together on the ‘Day of Pentecost’, and the Holy Spirit came in dramatic fashion–over 3,000 were converted that day. It was also a Sunday–Pentecost is always on a Sunday (see: Lev. 23:15-16)–many historians refer to that day as the ‘birthday of the Church’. As you can see, early-on, Sunday became a regular meeting day for the Apostles and the first century Church.

Soon, they began referring to Sunday as ‘The Lord’s Day’ in commemoration of the Resurrection (Rev. 1:10). The Resurrection, ‘the appearances’, Pentecost–all on Sunday–help to elevate the importance of the first day of the week among early Christians–none of these events could be called ‘man made’. …To Continue…


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