Is The Lord’s Day the first day of the week?


Our question of concern for this study is whether there is any significance to Sunday, the first day of the week in God’s plan?  Is “The Lord’s Day” the same as these?  The scriptures do indicate a day that is described as the “Lords Day” according to Rev. 1:10.  John wrote, “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet.”  This was a day that John was confident his readers would identify correctly; thus we can conclude that while every day belongs to the Lord, there is a special day that the Saints all held in common known by that designation, “The Lord’s Day.”  
As we look for that day we should note that Jesus was raised on the First day of the Week – corresponding to what we call Sunday.  Matthew 28:1-6 (KJV) ¹ In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. ²And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. ³His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: ⁴And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. ⁵And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. ⁶He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
Furthermore, we learn from the Scripture that the church was established on the First Day of the Week.  In Jerusalem, on the first Pentecost after our Lord’s resurrection, In Acts Chapter Two we are told “¹And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place” (Acts 2:1).  On this same day, Peter preached the first Gospel Sermon containing the terms of salvation, and those who were being saved were for the very first time said to have been added to the church Acts 2:38-47.  How is it that we know this Pentecost was the First Day of the Week?  Every Jew for centuries had known this.   Leviticus 23:15-17 (KJV) ¹⁵And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete: ¹⁶Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the Lord.  ¹⁷Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the Lord”   Fifty days after the Sabbath of Passover week marked this annual Jewish Feast on the Day of Pentecost (the feast of Firstfruits).  This was on the day following the seventh sabbath, or the First Day of the Week!
This was the very day that the Spirit was poured out from on high in fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy of  Joel 2:28 “²⁸And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:”
Filled with the Holy Spirit, the Apostles began there in Jerusalem preaching the message of the New Covenant or New Testament of our Lord and Savior, not as something yet to come, but as of something very real and very present tense.  The first souls were added to the Lord’s church that day!
Then on each First Day of the Week thereafter, the disciples gathered to break bread – to partake of the Lord’s Supper.  They were also commanded to gather on the first day of the week and bring their offerings as well.   Acts 20:7 (NKJV)  ⁷Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.”  See 1 Cor. 16:1-2.    
No other day in the New Testament can begin to compare in significance with this First Day of the Week, the Lord’s Day!!  Saints today assemble in keeping with the Lord’s command on that same day of the week!

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