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What Is The Lord’s Day ?

The Lord’s day of Jesus must be the day of which He is Lord. In the Bible the word Lord is applied to both God the Father and to Jesus Christ our Savior. For instance we read in Acts 2:36: “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.”

The name Lord can be appropriately used for Christ as well as for God the Father. Jesus is both Lord and Christ.

When Jesus appeared to Saul, later called the apostle Paul, Saul called Him Lord, ” Who art thou, Lord?” he asked (Acts 9:5), and in verse 6, “Lord, what wilt thou have me do?”

We find the same truth in Acts 10:36. Notice: “The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all).”

Again, 1 Corinthians 2:8: ” For  had they know it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”

The one who was crucified is here called the Lord of glory. This certainly refers to the deity of Christ. Philippians 2:11 also verifies this truth: “And that every tongue should confess the Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

It is so important that Jesus Christ the Son of God be recognized as Lord that we are told here that every tongue is to confess it and when it is confessed it is to the glory of God the Father.

The real key to true New Testament Bible knowledge is this: Jesus Christ is Lord. Someone says, He was a good man, yes. He was a great teacher, yes. He was a mighty religious leader, yes. He was a great healer, yes. He was a great philosopher, yes. These are truths that anyone can and should believe, but still one can believe them all and not be a Christian. To be a Christian one believes not only these truths but also another supremely important one – Jesus Christ is Lord. That means He is supreme. His word is the word of God to us. His example is to be our example.

The Bible says He is Lord. The Bible declares that He is more than man. He is the  God-man. For it is written in Romans 9:5: “Christ came, who is  over all, God blessed forever. Amen.”

And the Bible also says: “But unto the Son he saith [that is, God the Father says],  Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever: a scepter of righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid out the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands” (Heb. 1:8-10).

What a tremendous statement is this. Here is the Lord Jesus Christ not only is called Lord but God. Without a doubt Jesus Christ is Lord.  He is Lord of all.

Now, what does the Bible tells about the Lord’s day? We turn to the last book of the Holy Scriptures, the last book of the New Testament, the book of Revelation, chapter 1, verse 10, and read what the apostle John says: “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day.”

John had been exiled to the lonely Isle of Patmos, about fifty miles off the coast of Asia Minor. He was there because he had preached the Word of God. He was there for the testimony that he held. He himself says that he was exiled there “for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ” (verse 9). The Roman emperor had sent this holy man into exile because he was a faithful preacher of the word of God and because he gave the testimony of Jesus Christ, which is the spirit of Prophecy (Rev. 19:10).

In those days it was dangerous to preach the word of God. Sometimes a man actually took his life in his hands if he was a faithful proclaimer of God’s truth, and especially if he exercised  the gift of the spirit of prophecy, as John did. Notice the exact word of Revelation 1:10: “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day.” Then John describes and proclaims the great revelation that came to him. He exercised his gift not only as an apostle but as a prophet, and the whole book of Revelation is a part of the gift of the spirit of prophecy that he gloriously exercised.

The point we notice here is that the Lord does have a day. A great vision came to John the apostle on the Lord’s day.  It was the Lord’s message, and it was appropriate that it should come to the Lord’s man on the Lord’s day. This one text proves that the Lord does have a day. Some say that all days are alike. God says, No, one of them is My day. It is called here “the Lord’s day.” All days are the same as to length and other qualities; the sun rises and sets, the world turns on its axis, people live and die. But there is one day that God has set apart in a special way for Himself. He call it His day. And the inspired apostle John in the last book of the New Testament calls it “the Lord’s day.”

When the Lord Jesus Christ was here on earth He had a number of controversies with the theologians of Jerusalem. In Mark, the second chapter, one of these controversies is reported in detail. The leading religious teachers of the nation entered into an argument with our savior over the Sabbath day, which was observed by the people there at that time.

Christ observed the Sabbath but these theologians did not like the way He observed it. They picked flaws in the behavior of Jesus and His disciples. As Christ and the disciples walked through the grain fields, His disciples plucked some ears of grain, rubbed them out in their hands, and ate the grain to satisfy their hunger. The pharisees found fault with this. They claimed that these men were doing and unlawful act. In other words, they were harvesting, disregarding the commandment that says of the Sabbath, “In it thou shalt not do any work.” According to their theories, their own private interpretations  of God’s Word, the disciples had taken part in harvesting and therefore had broken the commandment that forbids work on the Sabbath. Jesus explained that the Sabbath was not made to be a burden to man, but to be a blessing to him. The He said: “The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: therefore the Son of man is Lord of the sabbath” (Mark 2:27,28).

Jesus distinctly claims here that the Sabbath is the Lord’s day, His day, the Lord’s day of Jesus.  He claims  to have authority to define its proper observance, for He is Lord of all. And in this declaration He points out especially that the Sabbath was made for man, that is, for mankind.

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