Daily Spirit & Word: 686: Worship On The Lord’s Day.
Where did the term; “The Lord’s Day” come from?
Revelation 1:10-11 (NIV)
10 On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet,
11 which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”
Good morning my friends, although I was feeling quite poorly on Sunday (The Lord’s Day), I was determined to attend and lead worship. My voice almost gave up on me half-way through the Communion part of our time together, but praise the LORD, because it stayed with me to the end. Fellowship is so important, nothing should really keep us away, unless we’re really poorly of course. My wife said that I just had man-flue. You know man-flue is horrible my friends 🙂
In our verses in Revelation today, there is so much packed into so few words. The Apostle John reveals subjects that are bottomless in meaning:
1) The Lord’s Day.
2) In The Spirit.
3) Hearing Loud Voices.
4) Commanded to Write.
5) The Seven Churches Named.
I’ll be thinking and meditating upon these this week and sharing what I learn with you.
The LORD’S DAY
Remember, John is in Exile on the Island of Patmos. A Greek Island (See Patmos Description Below). At the time of the Apostle, the Roman Empire used it as a Prison Island.
1) The LORD’S Day.
This is the first mention of the Lord’s Day; referring to Sunday, in the Bible and in Literature.
William Barclay Notes: How did the Christian Church cease to observe the Sabbath, Saturday, and come to observe the Lord’s Day, Sunday? The Sabbath commemorated the rest of God after the creation of the world; the Lord’s Day commemorates the rising of Jesus from the dead.
The three surviving earliest references to the Lord’s Day may well be the following.
1) The Didache, The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles, the first manual of Christian worship and instruction, says of the Christian Church: “On the Lord’s Day we meet and break bread” (Didache 14: 1).
2) Ignatius of Antioch, writing to the Magnesians, describes the Christians as “no longer living for the Sabbath, but for the Lord’s Day” (Ignatius, To the Magnesians, 9: 1).
3) Melito of Sardis wrote a treatise Concerning the Lord’s Day. By early in the second century the Sabbath had been abandoned and the Lord’s Day was the accepted Christian day. (Barclay’s Daily Study Bible (NT)).
We don’t really call Sunday “The Lord’s Day” very much now, but growing up in Scotland, when I was a boy, it was a common expression. Perhap’s it would change the focus of much of what we do in church today if we changed the name from Sunday to “The Lord’s Day”… Because a lot of what we do when we gather as Christians revolves around; how we feel, what we like, what church is like, how good the worship team were, what the Pastor is like etc… but if we changed the name to The Lord’s Day, we’d be focused much more upon the Lordship of Jesus Christ; what He likes, what our worship of Him is like, how must I respond to the message? How can I serve Him better? etc… Just a thought.
What we can note from this Revelation is that even though this is it’s first mention in the Bible, observance of The Lord’s Day had become common practice for The Apostle John to be praying and worshipping Jesus on His Holy Resurrection Day: “The Lord’s Day” and because there is no explanation of what he meant by it, we can deduce that it was a common expression amongst the earliest Christians gathering in those seven churches; Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.
So my friends, Christians, by the end of the first century had begun gathering on the Lord’s Day instead of the Sabbath. Don’t ever feel that you need to go back to the legalistic Sabbath observance, for the Apostles of the Lord Jesus had abandoned that practice. They were no longer under Law, but living in Grace and in the Spirit.
Tomorrow, I’ll shed some light upon the term “In the Spirit”.
I hope your own gathering yesterday on The Lord’s Day (Sunday) was significant for your walk with Jesus. What did your learn in Church yesterday? What was the Lord saying to you? How have you been changed by your experience of worship? How was your Fellowship with your brothers and sisters in Christ?
For me, I was so encouraged by the Rep from Spinnika sharing about the Lord’s Work in Schools in South London. The privilege of being able to share Bible stories and about Jesus in establishments today. Then there was the obvious LOVE between our Church members for one another and for those who were guests and strangers amongst us. It made me realise that the Lord is doing a great work in brining us closer to Him and what He wants us to be “It’s by your Love for one another that people will know you are my Disciples”. Praise the Lord Jesus.
It’s Monday morning, 6.10am: The family (my wife, son-in-law Junior, three grandchildren; Aminata, Leila and Karamoko) are all still sleeping. My daughter Stephanie is at home on her own, for rest, getting ready to go into labour with her fourth child. Please pray for my family with me in London.
Have a wonderful week, stay very close to Jesus every day. And don’t forget how much you need to be refilled with Holy Spirit. “Come Holy Spirit, I need you today”… Praise the Lord!
Come to our Alpha Experience tomorrow night at St Luke’s Church: 7.30pm. It’s going to be AWESOME.
Come and Witness: Evangelism Wednesday night @ 5.00pm (We’ll be gathering at 4.30pm to train and get ready to witness). St Luke’s Chruch. Each week we go out into the Streets of West Norwood to share the Good News of Jesus with folks that we meet.
Patmos is an Aegean island in the north of Greece’s Dodecanese island group, is a significant Christian pilgrimage site. Its Cave of the Apocalypse is where John of Patmos (St. John the Theologian) is said to have written the Book of Revelations. A fortresslike, 11th-century monastery dedicated to the saint overlooks the whitewashed houses of the hilltop capital, Hora (also known as Chora).