Jerry and I have our “senior moments,” sometimes asking, “What’s today?” Since we no longer observe a five-day workweek, we often forget what day it is — except today.
TODAY IS THE DAY THE LORD PLANNED FOR US TO BE WITH HIM;
A DAY He set aside to be different from other days;
A DAY for the gathering together of His people,
A DAY for His glory, and His worship;
A DAY for His Word to be proclaimed, and received, in power.
A DAY OF SALVATION.
I praise the Lord for every day, but especially for this day, of all days. It keeps me centered and focused on Him, and remembering the reason we are here. Everything starts, revolves around, and progresses from this first day of the week. Imagine the central force of God’s power in this day through Jesus Christ, His Son, the impact that it has on the whole week, and all time.
Today is the day He prepares us to go into the following work week, refreshed, and renewed in His Spirit and truth, projecting us to the next Lord’s Day, and to that final rest in Him.
It is the Christian Sabbath, established in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. As Lord of the Sabbath, He brought the beginning of new life for His people and a day of celebration on the first day of the week.
Today is the day we are brought to, and receive, the Lord’s Supper, which is a time of the renewing of the Spirit, and the continuation of our salvation.
According to a quote from an unknown source—our forefathers called today “The Lord’s Day.” Our great-grandfathers called it “The Sabbath.” Our fathers and most of the world now call it “Sunday.” The first given evidence for a differentiation, between traditional Jewish “Shabbat” observance and the religious observance of the first day of the week, appears in Acts 20:7 where the disciples met and “broke bread” together. The Apostle John also refers to the “Lord’s Day” (“kuriake hemera”) in Rev. 1:10. “Kuriake,” meaning “Lord’s,” later became the Greek word for Sunday. Wikipedia)
Let the world have this day as a Greek Sunday for its own pleasure. But, we set this day apart from all others and all things for His name’s sake.
TODAY IS THE LORD’S DAY
A DAY OF GRACE FOR HIS PEOPLE ~ FOR HIS GLORY
LET US REJOICE IN HIM.
“In thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right are pleasures evermore.”
Gracious Father, pour out your Holy Spirit in the hearts and lives of those you have drawn to your Son. Fill us with your Spirit of grace to know you through our Lord Jesus Christ. Draw us closer to Him and you, today, through worship and your Word. Continue to grow us in grace and knowledge of Him as we begin this week in celebration of our eternal life in Him. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.