Upon The First Day of the Week

With such an emphasis today on the “week-end” as a time for travel, recreation, or sporting events it is easy to forget that Sunday is the first day of the week.

It is a unique day in history.  It is a day sanctified in Scripture.  It is a day special to all Christians.

◆Upon the first day of the week our Lord Jesus Christ was raised from the dead (Mk. 16:2).

◆Upon the first day of the week, when He arose, He appeared to Mary Magdalene (Jn 20:11).

◆Upon the first day of the week He met with His disciples ( Jn 20:19-24).

◆Upon the first day of the week He appeared to doubting Thomas causing Him to believe (Jn. 20:27-29).

◆Upon the first day of the week the Holy Spirit made a powerful appearance. (Acts 2:1-4)

◆Upon the first day of the week Peter and the apostles preached the gospel for the very first time  (Ac 2:14-39)

◆Upon the first day of the week over 3,000 responded to the saving message of Jesus for the first time and we baptized for the remission of sins (Ac 2:38-41).

◆Upon the first day of the week the church was born. (Ac 2:41-47)

◆Upon the first day of the week Christians met to eat the Supper—-to remember Jesus, to celebrate his life, to reflect on His death and anticipate His return. (Ac 20:7)

And so today, on this first day of the week, Believers worldwide come to celebrate Jesus’ victory of sin, death and Satan. To worship God.   And to fellowship with those of like faith.  Indeed today is special.  It is the first day of the week.  I pray that you have a spiritual family,  where you can enjoy companionship, community, and communion on this consecrated day.

—Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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14 responses to “Upon The First Day of the Week

  1. ann white

    i am discouraged by those groups that choose to meet at other “more convenient” times. i just read an article that said an episcopalian group was offering a 30 min. service b’cause folks didn’t have time, or so they think!

  2. Tammy Nicholson

    So true! Thanks for reminding me, Ken, of all the important events that took place on Sunday. Since I teach 6th grade Bible at Columbia Academy and frequently get asked controversial questions from students who attend denominational and non-denominational churches, I will keep these notes to share in class. You rock, Preacherman!

  3. Sandra Jo, church of Christ, Pine Bluff, AR

    Sure puts Sunday in perspective! I’m keeping this with my Bible note folders.

  4. Phil Cavender

    Very good thoughts Ken! Was sitting here reading from the Book of John when your this message came through. Thanks for the time and effort you put into sharing God’s Good News to mankind. Sadly, more and more reject their own salvation and eternal inheritance for the temporary things if this world. So sad people are so shortsighted. I know, because I have even been caught up in the allurements if the world at times in my past. The older I get the more I realize with absolute certainty the God’s Holy Word is both sure and steadfast and able to deliver me through any crisis in life. Thanks again Ken. I am grateful for you.

  5. DON BALTAZAR

    I happened to enter this blog ” upon the first day of the week, SUNDAY”.
    All the texts which were quoted are true, all events taking place on the first day of the week. But should any of those quoted texts be taken to mean that Sunday has become Holy? There are Christian believers who keep the Sabbath in honor of God as the Creator (Exodus 20:8-11), Sanctifier (Ezekiel 20:12), who keep the Sabbath in honor of Jesus, who Himself declared He is The Lord of the Sabbath (Mark 2:27-28, Matthew 12:8, Luke 6:5), who keep the Sabbath in honor of His perfect work of redemption who Himself rested on His own Holy Day the Sabbath after declaring at the Cross “It is Finished”.
    They keep the Sabbath in honor of Him as our Redeemer from all aspects of sin, from its guilt and punishment, from its power and slavery, and from the nature and presence of sin. And they are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus (Revelation 14:12). They look forward to Him as our Restorer (Isaiah 66:22-23) where we will continue to honor and worship Him from one Sabbath to another.

  6. Don Piper

    Dear Preacher Ken,

    I just read your article “Upon the first day of the week, SUNDAY”, and seriously considered all the texts you have enumerated and found none of them to prove that indeed Sunday has been sanctified or consecrated. But there are texts in the Scriptures that strongly prove beyond the shadow of doubts that the Seventh-day, which is the Sabbath day has been blessed, sanctified, and hallowed. (Genesis 2:3, Exodus 20:8-11, etc..) Not all Christians accept Sunday according to your understanding, but I believe strongly in my heart, that one day, when the whole human race shall be divided into two camps because of the choices that they have made, when all issues shall be cleared and the saints of the Most High God shall stand to honor and follow Him, and the unbelievers deliberately and persistently turn their backs on Him, the Sabbath-Sunday issue will be eventually settle once and for all whom they have believed. I believe in my whole heart, Preacher Ken, that when finally you have surrendered to the whole truth as it is in Jesus (The Lord of the Sabbath:Mark 2:28), you and I will see each other in that Heavenly place He has prepared for us from the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:3-6) to worship and honor Him from one Sabbath to another (Isaiah 66:22-23.)

    • thanks for reading, Don, and taking the time to comment.

      I believe what I’ve written is accurate.  I also believe that the Old Law has been nailed to cross, blotted out., taken away and that we are not under Moses law today, but under the law of Christ.  (Eph 2:11-17; Col 2:11-15; Heb 9:11-17; Heb 10:1-10)

      I hope you’re right about being together in heaven! 

      God bless!

      Ken Weliever 400 NW Highcliffe Dr Lee’s Summit, MO 64081 Home Phone: 816-600-5001 Cell Phone: 813-507-1726 Church Office: 816-761-2659 preacherman@weliever.net web site: http://www.weliever.net/ blog: http://www.thepreachersword.com/ Church web site:  http://hickmanchurch.com/

                  

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      • DON PIPER

        Thank you Preacher Ken for taking time to respond to my comments.
        I looked at the group of texts you’ve sent me and tried to understand them in the light of what you said that “the Old Law has been nailed to the cross,
        blotted out, taken away, and that we are not under the law of Moses, but under the law of Christ.

        I would like to further comment and ask some questions about a few group of texts you have sent, hopefully we can both reconcile our understanding. In Ephesians 2:11-17, particularly verses 15 and 16, “having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances (15), …. thereby putting to death the enmity(16), what is that enmity which was put to death? Is it really the Old Law, or the law of Moses? or is the enmity, the sin that separates us from God (Isaiah 59:2)? Which makes the point why Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:21 said “For He had made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the “righteousness of God in Him, and Peter said in 1 Peter 2:24, “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, and again Paul in Romans 8:3 said, “For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin the the flesh. Which is why, Paul in Colossians 2:11 said “In Him you were circumcised (or cut off) by the circumcision (cutting off) made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh (1 Peter 2:24), by the circumcision (or cutting off or death of Christ who bore our sins in His body),
        thereby having wiped out (or satisfied in our behalf) the handwriting of requirements (the charge of our legal indebtedness or the certificate or record of our debt), having nailed it to the cross. That’s why we were buried with Him in baptism into His death and raised us up in the likeness of His resurrection, by the workings of God, not ours (Col 2:12-13 , Romans 6:5-10).

        Therefore, it is not the Old Law or the law of Moses which was nailed to the
        cross, but our sins which separate us from God, which He executed, nailed at the cross through the body of Christ who satisfied (in behalf of us sinners whom He came to redeem) the positive and just demands of the Law, with His death on the Cross having taken place on the sixth day (Friday), He rested on His Sabbath day after His complete and perfect work
        of redemption for mankind, in the same manner that He rested after His complete and perfect work of Creation (Genesis 2:3). That’s why He refers to Himself as the Lord of the Sabbath (of Creation and of Redemption). And you and I will worship Him from one Sabbath to another in the new Heavens and the new earth that He will make, where your blessed hope will be a reality, as we look for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works (Titus 2:13-14).

      • The enmity  separated Jew and Gentile.  That was not sin.  Because both were guilty of sin!  What separated them is clear, is the law of ordinances.  Also I think you are making an arbitrary distinction not made in the Bible–the old law is the law of Moses!   Plus Hebrews is very clear  the first covenant was taken away to establish the second.

        Ken Weliever 400 NW Highcliffe Dr Lee’s Summit, MO 64081 Home Phone: 816-600-5001 Cell Phone: 813-507-1726 Church Office: 816-761-2659 preacherman@weliever.net web site: http://www.weliever.net/ blog: http://www.thepreachersword.com/ Church web site:  http://hickmanchurch.com/

                    

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  7. Dear Brother, Greetings in Christ to you from India. It is happy to meet you. I have gone through the article. It is very good and informative.

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