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Was the Sabbath Changed?

Many Christians today believe that the Sabbath was changed from the seventh to the first day of the week. Here is a statement on this problem by one such individual:

“After the resurrection, we find the followers of our Lord doing all that believers in God did on the Sabbath day and more,….but now they are meeting on the first day of the week. The Scriptures of the New Testament are filled with such reference.” – Samuel A. Jeanes, General Secretary of the Lord’s Day Alliance of New Jersey, quoted in These Times, May, 1967.

Jeanes’s organisation is dedicated to more faithful Sunday observance. In what we must accept as an honest to base his appeal on God’s Word, he states, “The scriptures…are filled with such references.”

If Christ of His followers changed the sacredness  of the Sabbath from Saturday, the seventh day, to Sunday, the first day of the week, writers of the New Testament would certainly have made this clear and given reason for such and important change.

When the Passover celebration of the Jewish ceremonial law was replaced among the followers of Christ by the Lord’s Supper, more commonly known today as the Communion service, both Jesus and the disciple left a clear record of the change so that there would be no question about it in the infant church or in the ranks of Christians in succeeding generations. (See Matthew 26:26; Mark 14:22; 1 Corinthians 10:16; 11:23-29.)

If you and I are sincerely seeking to follow Jesus and the teachings of His Word, we should prayerfully study the New Testament scriptures referring to the first day of the week. If the Scriptures are indeed “filled with such reference” to the followers of the Lord doing on the first day all that believers in God had  done previously on the Sabbath, we should know this and honestly bring our lives into harmony with this new pronouncement.

“He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

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