Pastor's Thoughts
Why Sunday? Easter Has Something to Say
Have you ever wondered why churches pick Sunday for their worship services? What makes Sunday so special? Is it the Sabbath day or something? Perhaps you’ve never realized that Easter has something to say about it.
When Jesus rose from the grave, we are told “Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance” (John 20:1). The last day of the week is Saturday, when the Jews observed the Sabbath. The first day of the week is Sunday, when Jesus was resurrected from the grave.
As the first churches formed, Sunday was chosen as the day for worship gatherings because of Jesus’ teachings about the Sabbath and the day of His resurrection. One example is found in Acts 20:7 when Paul visited a church, “On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight.” The breaking of bread refers to the Lord’s Supper which was followed by a long sermon the apostle Paul preached! The point is that churches gathered on Sundays very early in Christian history.
Even before the end of the first century, Christians began referring to Sunday as “the Lord’s day.” Never was this term used for the Sabbath, it is a purely Christian term referring to Sunday when the Lord Jesus Christ was resurrected. When speaking of the revelation the Lord gave to him, the apostle John says, “On the Lord's Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet.” This is where we get the idea that Sunday is “the Lord’s day.” We should live for Him everyday, but Sunday was the day He rose from the grave. As the Lord’s day, we set aside Sunday for a special gathering to worship Him together.
Happy Easter,
Pastor Justin