Today is Sunday.
If you’re home bound, and worship services at your local church have cancelled during the current crisis, the days can run together. It can seem just like a another day. And you can overlook how special today is.
Whatever your faith and conscience calls for you to do today, never forget the importance of this day.
In the New Testament, “the first day of the week” is not specifically called “a holy day.” Yet, it’s obvious that Sunday was a special day. Unique. And set apart from other days.
◆Upon the first day of the week our Lord Jesus Christ victoriously arose from the dead (Mk. 16:2).
◆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 and were 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 observed the Supper to remember Jesus, to celebrate his life, to reflect on His death and anticipate His return. (Ac 20:7)
◆Upon the first day of the week Christians were commanded to make a monetary contribution into the common church treasury for a God-ordained work. (1 Cor 16:1-2)
◆And upon the first day of the week, John who was exiled to the island of Patmos, was “in the spirit on the Lord’s day.” (Rev. 1:9-10) The only other time the exact Greek word translated “Lord’s” is used is in 1 Corinthians 11:20 referring to “the Lord’s supper,” which was practiced on the first day of the week.
On this sanctified day, spend some time remembering Jesus. Honoring God. And offering spiritual sacrifices. You don’t need a preacher or pastor to do that for you. You are a holy priesthood. A part of a holy nation (1 Pet 2:5,9).
Today may the peace of God, the love of Jesus and the comfort of the Holy Spirit be with you all. On this Lord’s day. And in all the days ahead.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman