In Exodus 20:8-10, the Jewish people are told by God, “Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy. For six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath for Yahweh your God.”
This leads many Christians to wonder why we worship God on Sunday, the first of the week, rather than on Saturday, the seventh day of the week and called the Sabbath.
Sunday worship began with the early fathers of the Christian church. Why did they change the day of worship from the Jewish tradition of Sabbath worship?
In John 20:1, we are told, “It was very early on the first day of the week and still dark, when Mary of Magdala came to the tomb [of Jesus]. She saw that the stone had been moved away from the tomb and came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved. ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb’, she said, ‘and we don’t know where they have put him.’ ”
This was the day of our Lord’s resurrection from the dead, and it was on a Sunday. The early church fathers adopted Sunday as “The Lord’s Day”, Christian Sunday. The Messiah ushered in a new era for those who believed in Him. Thus, the day of His resurrection was adopted as the new day of worship. Now, since the first Christians, we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection each and every Sunday.
Think of this at your next Sunday worship service. It truly is a special day — one made possible only through the suffering and magnificent gift from Jesus Christ, our Lord.