IT'S A SPECIAL DAY
When asked what days are special, people will often respond that birthdays, anniversaries, New Year’s Day, Christmas day, the fourth of July, various other holidays, etc. If the question is narrowed to which Sunday is a special day, some would say the first (or last) Sunday of the year (or month, or quarter), Easter Sunday or the Sunday closest to some other holiday. Because these days are “special” folks feel that there must be special emphasis and activities to mark them.
The first day of the week is a special day. EVERY first day of every week is special. Yes, even today is special.
Every first day was special to the church in the first century. In Corinth, the church following Paul’s instructions (1 Cor. 11:1-2) met every week on this day (1 Cor. 16:1-2), as did the churches of Galatia. The church in Troas also met on this day to break bread (Acts 20:7). The evidence is clear that the churches we read about in the New Testament set the first day of the week apart as a day to assemble and remember the Lord’s death and to proclaim it until He comes again (1 Cor. 11:26). The acknowledgment of His resurrection is also implied.
What makes the first day special?
- This was the day the Lord rose from the dead – John 20:19.
- This was the day the Holy Spirit descended with power and initiated the proclamation of the Gospel – Acts 2:1-4.
- This was the day the early church assembled to partake of the Lord’s supper (Acts 20:7).
Today, we can also make the first day of the week special by assembling to remember Jesus’ sacrificial death and victorious resurrection. We can remember Him thoughtfully in breaking bread and worship Him enthusiastically as the risen Savior. Indeed, our salvation from sin is established in Him “who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification” (Rom. 4:25).
Planning, preparation and execution are necessary for special days. When we view the first day of the week as a special day, we will plan, prepare and meet with the saints to worship God. We must never think of our worship as something we do when we think we have nothing better to do. Worship is not an obligation we must fulfill, it is a gift from God for our benefit. How special is the first day of the week to you? How much thought and effort do you put into worshiping the Lord?
The early church thought this day was so unique that they called it “the Lord’s Day” (Rev. 1:10). For the faithful, every Sunday is a celebration of our risen Lord!
O Lord, You are my God; I will exalt You; I will praise Your name, for You have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure (Isaiah 25:1).