Sabbath Day or First Day. Which Is right?

The first thing we need to understand is that Sunday is not simply a Christian version of the Jewish Sabbath or Day of Rest. Far from it.
The observance of a weekly day of worship, whether it be Sunday, Saturday, or any other day, should never be allowed to become a matter of religious legalism. The Apostle Paul warns us against this specifically in Colossians 2: 16-17 when he says, “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: 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.”

There is no New Testament evidence whatsoever that working on Sunday is sinful. (except, of course, one volunteers to work on the Lord’s day just to make money and keeps them out of the House Of God). Oh, and by the way, if it is wrong to work on Sunday, it is equally wrong to cause someone else to work on Sunday. (i.e. going out to eat or going shopping on Sunday, etc.)

Christ has set us free for something better: namely, the pursuit of holiness and fellowship with the living God as a daily lifestyle. Our highest calling is to glorify God every day of our lives, while also setting aside special times for worship with fellow believers (Hebrews 10:25). Our goal is to say, with the Psalmist, “I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth” (Psalm 34:1).

Under the old covenant with Israel (Ex. 19; Heb. 8:6, 7, 13), the Sabbath day was extremely strict. Not only was no work to be done by the Israelites and their children, they also were to give rest to all in their households—servants, livestock, even sojourners (Ex. 20:10). God even gave regulatory laws over what could and could not be done. For example, if one even went out to gather sticks on the Sabbath in order to kindle a fire (Num. 15:32-36; Ex. 35:1-3), he was to be put to death (Ex. 31:14-15; 35:2). Jesus, himself, was condemned for picking corn on the Sabbath day and healing a man on the sabbath. But, what did he tell his condemners? The Sabbath was made for man not man for the Sabbath. Also, in the 10 commandments, the only one of the commandments that was ceremonial was “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy”. It was also the only one of the 10 that was not moved over to the New Testament. All 9 others were moral laws. And we see in Colossians 2:14 the scriptures declare, “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was
contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;” Jesus nailed all the ceremonial laws to the cross.

By the way, under the Old Testament, the sabbath day began on sundown Friday and ended on sundown Saturday. Do you seventh day sabbath believers observe it like the Jews did (and some still do)? If not, than what’s the point?

I do believe that Sunday should still be a day of rest and no unnecessary work.  However, certain 24/7 occupations such as police, fire, emergency services, military, security services, health care and elder care services, etc. are necessary for the protection and service of people.  Therefore it is not a sin to work on Sunday. Oh and by the way, I’d rather have Christians in these positions than non believers, wouldn’t you?

Now some may use what we’ve been talking about here merely as an excuse to lay out of church to work on Sunday (because it pays better). That is not a reason to miss church when it is not necessary. Remember, God knows and sees the heart of a person and He cannot be fooled by flimsy excuses! We all will be held accountable at the Judgement for what was necessary and what was unnecessary and how we influenced others by our decisions. Remember, there is a big difference between a reason and an excuse!

When Jesus rose from the dead on the first day of the week, things changed. Christ, the second Adam, “finished” (John 19:30) the work that the first Adam failed to do (Rom. 5:12-19). Because of that pivotal event, the church determined that for Christians under the new covenant, the day of worship and celebration of the Lord’s grace in Jesus Christ was to be the first day of the week, Sunday: “From the beginning of the world to the resurrection of Christ, [the Sabbath] was the last day of the week; and, from the resurrection of Christ, was changed into the first day of the week, which, in Scripture, is called the Lord’s day, and is to be continued to the end of the world by Christians.

So, to sum up, why do we worship on Sunday and not Saturday?
• The first day of the week was the day on which our Lord rose from the dead (John 20:1; cf. Ps. 118:24).
• The first day of the week is called “the Lord’s day” (Rev. 1:10; cf. 1 Cor. 16:2).
• The first day was the day traditionally on which the Holy Ghost was poured out on the church (Acts 2:1-36). [The Christian holiday of Pentecost is celebrated on the 50th day (the seventh Sunday) from Easter Sunday.]
• Just as on the first day of creation God made light and separated it from the darkness, we gather on the first day of the week to celebrate the light of the gospel in Jesus Christ, who has separated us from the world of the darkness of sin (John 1:5, 9; 3:19; 8:12; 2 Cor. 4:1-6).

Romans 13:9
“ For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Not all of the 10 commandments was listed here but the Sabbath day certainly wasn’t mentioned.

Don Woolett


Do You Really Know Who Jesus Is?

Do you really know who Jesus is?  He’s not some demeaning words written on the bathroom walls, used as a bi-word, or spoken in slander by some reprobate.

Jesus didn’t belittle people or bully them, or call them names, except in the case of the religious pretenders of his day when he called them “Pharisees,, hypocrites. like unto whited sepulchres, (or tombs) which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.”  Jesus wasn’t a bully nor a pushover.  He was kind to people, even if he didn’t agree with them.  He didn’t shun people even if he didn’t agree with them or agree with how they appeared or were dressed.  Jesus didn’t even teach us that we need to demonstrate how spiritual we are by how high we jump, how fast we run, how loud we shout or even how much we speak in tongues. Jesus gave us an example that we should be like him in every respect.

Jesus was the type of person who would walk up to Buddha or Mahammad or any other religious leader of the day (and today as well) and say, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No man can come to the Father but by me.”  He would walk up to the average religious zealot of the day and say, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”

Jesus wasn’t a wimp or sissy, or a pushover either.  He went into the temple And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: and when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money (extortioners), and overthrew the tables.  He even stood in their way so they would not bring any more contraband into the temple to blaspheme and shame his Father’s house.  Jesus was a man who withstood beatings and physical abuse like no other has ever done, yes lived through it all only to be nailed to a cross and live for at least 3 hours until he died.  And he did it all just to save you and me from an eternal punishment in a lake of fire. Yet Jesus, today, is probably the most hated name in our nation and the world all because he preached against evil and sin and against racism and evil government officials and anyone else or anything else that was and is unlike the Holy nature of the one true God.

In the Book of John, chapter 6, verses 35, 41, and 50, Jesus spoke these words, “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” “ I am the bread which came down from heaven.”  “This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.”

Many think they know who Jesus is. The King James Bible describes who Jesus is The Holy Scriptures refer to Him by many names: Alpha and Omega, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Prince of Peace, The Good Shepherd, Chief Corner Stone, Bread of Life, Savior of the World, The Light of the World, The Way, The Truth and the Life, Messiah, Wonderful Councilor, Anointed One, The Lord of Glory, The Holy and Righteous One, The Express Image of the Father, The Word Of God, just to name a few!

Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace.  Jesus loves us so much that through His death and resurrection has given us his peace. He has put his peace in us. He is our Salvation that came to save us from the troubles of this world. In this world, there is so much going on but as we fix our eyes on Jesus his peace that is in us will help us to be overcomers.

Jesus said in John 14:27

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Luke 4:41 lets us know that even the devils know who Jesus really is.  It explains it like this. “And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking them suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he was Christ.”

In Matthew 16: 13 -17 we know that the Apostle Peter knew who Jesus was. “When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.  He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.” Peter knew who Jesus was!

In the Upper Room, after Jesus rose from the dead, Jesus told doubting Thomas to put his hands in the nail scared hands and side.  What did Thomas say? “My Lord and my God!.  Thomas knew who Jesus was!

Even Muhammad recognized Jesus for who he was though he didn’t follow him.  Muhammad, Islam’s Prophet, believed Jesus was sent by Allah to be the Messiah, miraculously born of the Virgin Mary, who brought the Gospel, who died, and raised from the dead, then ascended into heaven to be with Allah.  Jesus would become an everlasting blessing to all mankind! Muhammad even said that “Jesus is a messenger of Allah, who is to be believed” (4:171). He even said, “Allah gave to the world Jesus, exalted him above all others, and supported him with the Holy Spirit as proof of his sovereignty” (2: 253*).

 Remember, however, Muhammad is dead and buried in the ground in Medina.  Jesus is alive in Heaven with God, our loving Father.

Islam’s prophet, Muhammad, believed Jesus was the MessiahAllah’s anointed messenger.  Allah’s people (Muslims) are told to listen to Allah’s messengers (Koran, 4.171; 5. 111*)..

If Muhammad’s followers really listened to their prophet, studied the Gospels, and gave their heart to Jesus, they would know who Jesus really is.

We need to have a revelation of Jesus Christ! A revelation of Him will transform a person, a family, a marriage, and even a CHURCH! If your church needs to be changed, focus on revealing Jesus Christ! Seeing Him will transform the lives of those that behold Him!

God’s Glory will change the crack addict, the junkie, the pusher, the pimp, the prostitute – and it will transform the believer into an ever increasing image of Jesus Christ! Husbands, wives, and kids need to see it! Our government needs to see it. Our nation needs to see it! And we, the Church, really need to see it! preachers need to see it, teachers need to see it. We all need to see the glory of God – God in His holiness and splendor! Then we can really know who Jesus really is.

That’s the answer to the dilemmas facing the world and the Church. It’s not our preaching, It’s not our our shouting, It’s not our dancing in the Spirit, and it’s not even our speaking in tongues or prophesy. All these things are good if ordered by the Holy Ghost. What we all really need is a supernatural manifestation of the Power and Presence of Almighty God through Jesus Christ!  That changes lives.

Jesus is to be worshiped above all others; revered above others. The world is always trying to put others above Jesus; politicians, religious figures such as Mohammed, Bhudia, entertainers and movie stars, the Pope, even many times the Pastor.  But when all is said and done, they will all be dead and gone.  There’ll be nobody left but Jesus.

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.

We can also know who Jesus is NOT.  Since Jesus is the express image of God the Father, and He came to do the will of the Father, we can know that He did not come to destroy the Law, but to fulfill it.  He did not come to condemn but to save.  John 3:17 says, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

So, how do you get to know The Way, The Truth, and The Life? The Holy Scriptures tell us in Ephesians 2:8 & 9, For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Acts 2:38 says, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

Acts 3:19 tell us, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.”