A few years ago, I was approached by someone who tried to convince me that Christians should honor the Sabbath, just as the Jews do, on Saturday and not on Sunday. I prefer to go to God’s Word than man’s. In my findings, I discovered this about the Sabbath:
1. God rested at the end of the six days of creation, not man. I could not find one single solitary verse about people keeping the Sabbath before it was given to Israel in the wilderness.
2. Once this occurred, it was given to Israel by God as a sign to them that they would be His people.
~Exodus 31:13 Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you.
This sign was for Israel, not the rest of mankind. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob did not keep the Sabbath but yet they were righteous.
If the Sabbath is to be kept by Christians, the New Testament would be strewn with verses regarding it. There would be as many comments on the Sabbath in the New Testament as there were after the Law was given to Moses in the Old Testament. However, instead of seeing verses that support Christians keeping the Sabbath, we find verses that claim that Christians are not bound to keep the Sabbath.
~Colossians 2:16-17 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
Jesus kept the Sabbath because He was born a Jew under the Law and He kept all the Mosaic laws!
~Gal 4:4-6 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
I found an interesting comment made in Warren Wiersbe’s Bible Commentary on this subject:
The sabbath relates to the old creation and was given expressly to Israel; the Lord’s Day relates to the new creation and belongs especially to the church. The sabbath speaks of law as six days of labor which are followed by rest, but the Lord’s day speaks of grace, for we begin the week with rest that is followed by works” (Wiersbe’s Old Testament Outlines).
There are countless verses depicting worship and special events occurring on Sunday. Here are a few verses supporting why a Christian sets aside Sunday as their day of rest – each of these occurred on Sunday:
~Mark 16:9 Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.
~John 20:19, 22 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. (22) And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:
~Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. (Pentecost was always on a Sunday)
~Acts 20:7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.
Sunday is the day that the Lord rose from the dead. Since then, Christians have observed this day to worship, the Lord’s Day. It is in honor of His resurrection, not in honor of the sun god as was told to me by Sabbath keepers. There is historical proof of early Christians worshipping on Sunday. The earliest I found in my research on the web was around A.D. 100 when Barnabas wrote:
Wherefore, also we keep the eighth day with joyfulness, the day also on which Jesus rose again from the dead.
There were a few more in that second century:
Be not deceived with strange doctrines, nor with old fables, which are unprofitable. For if we still live according to the Jewish Law, we acknowledge that we have not received grace … If, therefore, those who were brought up in the ancient order of things have come to the possession of a new hope, no longer observing the Sabbath, but living in the observance of the Lord’s Day, on which also our life has sprung up again by Him and by His death. The Epistle of Ignatius (about A.D. 107)
He, in fulfillment of the precept, according to the gospel, keeps the Lord’s Day … glorifying the Lord’s resurrection in himself.Clement of Alexandria (A.D. 194)
Again, I repeat myself from previous posts. Read the Word of God for yourself. Galatians is filled with verses about Christians not being under Jewish Law. Why would we want to entangle ourselves with this?
~Galatians 5:1-6 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.