20. The Lord's Day
1. DOES THE LORD HAVE A SPECIAL DAY?
1LD Rev. 1:10 The Lord has a day (this is the only place in the Bible where the phrase "the Lord's day" is found). But Revelation 1:10 doesn't tell us which day is the Lord's Day.
2. WHICH DAY IS THE LORD'S DAY?
2LD Matt. 12:8 Jesus said that He was the Lord of the Sabbath day, so the Lord's day mentioned in Revelation is the Sabbath day.
3. BUT, WHICH DAY IS THE SABBATH DAY?
3LD Ex. 20:8-11 This is the fourth of the ten commandments. In verse 10 God says that "the seventh day is the Sabbath." Since the Sabbath is the Lord's day, then the Lord's day is the 7th day of the week.
4. WHY DOES GOD WANT US TO KEEP THE 7TH DAY?
4LD Ex. 20:11 The reason why the Lord asks us to keep the 7th day is to remind us of His creative power. God created the entire earth in just 6 days, and then He rested and blessed the 7th day.
So the Sabbath is the birthday of the world. We measure birthdays by the year, but God measures the earth’s birthday by the week. On the 7th day of each week we can celebrate the creation of Planet Earth, and in that way we worship God as our Creator.
But we're Christians and we follow Jesus.
5. WHAT DOES JESUS HAVE TO DO WITH CREATION?
5LD John 1:1-3, 10, 14 The Being who is called "the Word" is God, the Creator. But Verse 14 says that "the Word" was made flesh, that He was the only begotten of the Father. The only begotten Son, according to John 3:16, is Jesus. So John is telling us that Jesus is the One who created the world.
The Apostle Paul agreed:
Jesus Created the world—and the Sabbath. That's why He could
say that He was Lord of the Sabbath. (I've emphasized all the words
that refer to Jesus by making the type bold.)
6LD Luke 4:16 Jesus' custom was to go to the synagogue on Sabbath—like we would go to church. So, while Jesus was on earth He always kept the seventh-day Sabbath.
7. BUT DIDN'T JESUS CHANGE THE DAY?
7LD Heb. 13:8 Jesus never changes. So the Sabbath He made at the end of creation week; the Sabbath He kept while He was on earth, is still on the 7th day. Jesus didn't change it.
Let's go back to creation.
8. WHAT ARE 4 THINGS THAT JESUS DID ON THE 7TH DAY OF CREATION?
8LD Gen. 2:1-3
9. BUT, WASN'T THE SABBATH SUPPOSED TO BE JUST FOR THE JEWS?
9LD Mark 2:27 God blessed the 7th day and made it holy for
the benefit of all mankind. He made the Sabbath after He made man, to be a
continual reminder of man's relationship to God as man's Creator. (In fact
the Sabbath was made 2500 years before the Jews came into existence.)
EXACTLY WHICH DAY IS THE 7TH DAY?
10. WHAT WAS THE NAME THE JEWS USED FOR THE DAY BEFORE THE SABBATH?
10LD Mark 15:42-45 The day on which Jesus died was the day before the Sabbath. The Jews called it the Preparation Day.
11. ON WHICH DAY DID JESUS RISE FROM THE DEAD?
11LD Mark 16:1, 2 Jesus rose on the 1st day—after "the Sabbath was past."
12. WHAT ARE THE NAMES OF THESE DAYS IN MODERN TERMINOLOGY?
12LD Luke 23:54-24:3 Luke lists 3 days in succession when telling of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus:
SO THE SABBATH OF THE BIBLE—THE LORD'S DAY—IS ON THE DAY WE CALL SATURDAY. FOR THIS REASON, THE SEVENTH-DAY SABBATH (SATURDAY) IS REALLY THE CHRISTIAN SABBATH!
13. WHAT PART DOES THE SABBATH PLAY IN OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD?
13LD Ezek. 20:12 The Sabbath is a sign of our acceptance of Jesus' blood that was shed for our sins. The Lord will make holy all those who keep His Sabbath holy.
14. DOES THE SABBATH HAVE ANY RELATIONSHIP WITH THE AGE TO COME?
14LD Isa. 66:22, 23 The prophet Isaiah says that we will come to worship before God every Sabbath. This will be the pattern of our worship of the Creator-Redeemer throughout eternity.
While we wait for Jesus to come to take us to the New Jerusalem—where we will enjoy eternal rest—it just makes sense to rest and worship Him now on His seventh-day Sabbath.