Why Do We Worship On Sunday
Sometimes, Christians are accused of consistently breaking one of the Ten Commandments regarding the day of worship. The Sabbath day is from Friday night at sundown until Saturday night at sundown. Since that is the case and the law states to “remember that day and keep it holy”, why did Christians begin to worship on the first day of the week?
John’s reference to the Lord’s Day (Rev.1:10), generally regarded as referring to Sunday, suggests that to first-century Christians the first day of the week was particularly significant. That raises the question of whether Sundays are special today.
We know that the early church gave special honor to Sunday, the first day of the week, as the day on which Jesus was raised from the dead. Every week on that day they celebrated His resurrection and met for worship and instruction (1 Cor. 16:2). This observance of a special day was both a parallel and a contrast to the Jewish Sabbath, or day of rest, at the end of the week. The Sabbath celebrated God’s rest from creation (see “The Sabbath,” Heb. 4:10-13).
Some Jewish Christians continued to observe the Sabbath, as well as the Jewish festival days. But many Gentiles in the church did not. Apparently, this created tension, especially when the observance of Jewish practices began to be linked by some to salvation. A council of church leaders at Jerusalem did not include a demand for Sabbath observance in its decision regarding Gentile converts (Acts 15:20, 28-29).
Likewise, in writing to the Romans, Paul urged everyone to decide for themselves whether one day should be esteemed above another; but by all means, no one should judge another for his convictions (see “Matters of Conscience,” Rom. 14:1-23; compare Gal. 4:10; Col. 2:16-17).
It’s interesting that the phrase “the Lord’s Day” occurs
only this one time in Rev. 1:10. In Asia Minor, where the churches to
which John was writing were located, people celebrated the first day of each
month as the Emperor’s Day. Some believe that a day of the week was also called
by this name. Thus, by calling the first day of the week the Lord’s Day, John
may have been making a direct challenge to emperor worship, as he does
elsewhere in the book.
(The Word in Life Study Bible, New Testament Edition, (Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville; 1993), pp. 878-879).
J. Vernon McGee told of a man who came to him and said, “I’ll give you $100 if you will show me where the Sabbath day has been changed.” McGee answered, “I don’t think it has been changed. Saturday is Saturday, it is the seventh say of the week, and it is the Sabbath day. I realize our calendar has been adjusted, and can be off a few days, but we won’t even consider that point. The seventh day is still Saturday, and it is still the Sabbath day.” He got a gleam in his eye and said, “Then why don’t you keep the Sabbath day if it hasn’t been changed?” McGee answered, “the DAY hasn’t changed, but I have been changed. I’ve been given a new nature now, I am joined to Christ; I am a part of the new creation. We celebrate the first day because that is the day He rose from the grave.” That is what it means that the ordinances have been nailed to the cross, Col. 2:14. (Copied).