There is a huge debate in some newspapers about the Sabbath…is it on Saturday or Sunday?
One cannot deny that the Sabbath is a holy institution, established by God for man to have a separate day to rest and worship. It follows the creation pattern, 6 days of work, and one day of rest. In the OT, it fell on a Saturday, but nowhere do we read that it always has to be on a Saturday. It was just the way that it happened after Israel was freed from Egypt, and God’s laws communicated to them.
The Sabbath on Sunday symbolizes a new beginning. Jesus rose on the first day of the week, and many NT events are described as having happened on the first day.
If we then read in Psalm 118:
Psa 118:21 I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation.
Psa 118:22 The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.
Psa 118:23 This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.
Psa 118:24 This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psa 118:25 Save us, we pray, O LORD! O LORD, we pray, give us success!
Psa 118:26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD! We bless you from the house of the LORD.
Psa 118:27 The LORD is God, and he has made his light to shine upon us. Bind the festal sacrifice with cords, up to the horns of the altar!
Psa 118:28 You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you.
Psa 118:29 Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!
then it becomes clear that the “day the Lord has made” for our salvation, is the day on which Jesus rose. We celebrate this Lord’s day on the Sabbath.
Paul, in his instruction to the different churches, establishes and follows the same pattern. e.g. Acts 20:6, 1 Cor 16, Phil 4:18 etc.
The bottom line is that there should be one day set apart for rest and worship, so that we may come together with other Christians and celebrate the Lord’s day.