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Summary: "Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath day" - Mark 2:28

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THE LORD’S DAY

REV. 1:10

A. "I WAS IN THE SPIRIT ON THE LORD’S DAY" - Rev. 1:10

1. Our opening text has become, for some, a point of contention and confusion:

a. Observers of Sunday, the first day of the week, apply this text to Sunday.

b. Others think of "the Lord’s day" as being "the judgment day".

2. Both positions have no basis in the Word of God:

a. Sunday, the first day of the week, is never spoken of in the Bible as "Lord’s day" - Compare Matt. 28:1 with Mark 16:1,9; Luke 24:1; John 20:1, 19; Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 16:1-3

b. Sunday, the first day of the week, like the other five days,is called "working day" - Ezek. 46:1; all because God worked on it and the other five days of the week - Gen. 1:5, 8, 13,

19, 23, 31; 2:2, 3; Ex. 20:11

c. The other theory that "the Lord’s day" in Rev. 1:10 has reference to the judgment day has no biblical basis because the phrase "Lord’s day" is never used in the Bible when speaking of the judgment day.

B. THE CREATION SABBATH, THE SEVENTH DAY OF THE WEEK IS, INDEED, THE LORD’S DAY

1. Jesus Christ, our Lord, speaks of the seventh day Sabbath as:

a. "My Holy day" - Isa. 58:13

b. "the Sabbath of the Lord" - Ex. 20:8-11; Lev. 23:3

2. When called into question about healing on the Sabbath day, He assured His critics:

a. "For the Son of man is Lord even of the Sabbath day" - Matt. 12:8

b. "Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath day" - Mark 2:28

c. "That the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath" - Luke 6:5

C. BIBLE REASONS WHY THE SEVENTH DAY SABBATH, AND NOT SUNDAY, IS THE LORD’S DAY

1. The Bible states in the most positive words:

a. That Jesus Christ, our Lord, is the one by whom all things were made, and without Him nothing was made - John 1:1-3

b. Paul affirms the testimony of John in strong words - Heb. 1:3; Eph. 3:9; Col. 1:15-17

2. It is the Son of God, therefore, who made the weekly Sabbath for man:

a. He rested on the seventh day of the creation week - that alone makes Him "the Lord of the Sabbath day" - Gen. 2:2, 3; Ex. 20:8-11

b. He blessed the seventh day because that on it He had ceased from all His work; as truly as He blessed the little children that were brought to Him - Luke 2:28; as verily as He blessed the five loaves and the two fishes - Matt. 14:19

c. He hallowed or set aside His rest day for holy use - Gen. 2:3

3. Christ, God the Son, assures us that He made the seventh day Sabbath the Lord’s day:

a. For man - Mark 2:27

b. The word "man" as used in Mark 2:27 comes from the Greek word "anthropos" and signifies "Adam", human being, human race - Compare Mark 2:27 with Matt. 4:4; Luke 4:4

4. The Lord of the Sabbath made the seventh day Sabbath for man:

a. To be the weekly day for the assembly of God’s people for worship - Lev. 23:3; Isa. 66:23

b. To be a memorial of both creation and redemption - Compare Ex. 20:8-11 with Ps. 111:4; 135:13; Ezek. 20:12, 20; Jer. 10:10-12; Rev. 10:5; 14:6, 7


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