How Did Sunday Receive Elevated Status?

GodReflection: God Breaks In Monday

garyguarujaFor over two thousand years the church has honored a worthy tradition.

There is no commandment, no chapter and verse.

The church elevated Sunday to a day of the week with special significance. Quickly it became known among disciples as the Lord’s Day.

It was on a Sunday morning when God broke into resurrection. It was Sunday when sunday1Jesus demonstrated that he overcame death and made possible the reality of eternal life.

I suspect it just seemed to be the obvious and appropriate act for the New Testament church to celebrate the resurrected Jesus on Sunday.

Sunday was forever set apart as the day of the week when the Christ broke free from death and tomb.

From the resurrection forward—convicted by the cosmic importance of the event when God broke into history to redeem what Satan stole—the church elevated Sunday above Sunday8the other six.

The New Testament refers twice to Sunday as a time when followers met as the church. On neither occasion was Sunday the primary topic.

The third time New Testament writings mention Sunday was at the end of the apostle John’s life when Jesus revealed to him what the church was to expect about its trajectory toward his return. John tells us this vision took place on the Lord’s Day.

Holy God and His Son Jesus are worthy of worship 24/7.

Anytime God’s children assemble to honor, praise, and show gratitude to the Father is good and legitimate.

sunday5However, I’m still grateful to be a recipient of a two-thousand year tradition of the celebration of Sunday as the Lord’s Day.

Sunday church is a good calendar point to be reminded that God broke into a tomb and raised His Son to eternal life so that I can live my eternity in their presence don’t you think?

Stay tuned.

Dr. Gary J. Sorrells – A GodReflection on God Breaks Into Sunday.

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About Dr. Gary Sorrells

From birth to death, I am God-wired. My body is not as energized as in earlier times, yet as my soul runs toward the finish line it carries a dream. I want to give glory to God by writing. Only now is the timing right to lean hard into this gift from God. For the first time in life, the totality of my God walk with family, the church, academic training, work experience, life scars, and accrued wisdom, provides value to share through the written word. It is as if all of the trails of life are crossing at this point. My formal education includes the B.A., M.A. and the Doctor of Ministry degrees in Bible from Abilene Christian University. Between 1980 and 2011, I worked with the Non-Profit entity, Great Cities Missions. I currently serve as Director Emeritus and as a member of the Board of Trustees. -Gary J Sorrells

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