Lord’s Day Preparation
For Sunday, February 6, 2022
One of the ways we show our love for God and each other is by regular attendance on the Lord’s Day to the local church where we belong. Due to Valentine’s Day, February is teeming with themes of love. Our love for God and each other is expressed in obedience to God’s commands. The fourth commandment is rooted in creation (Genesis 2; Exodus 16, 20, 31). It is a moral command (Exodus 20). It was fulfilled in Christ, and also demonstrated in the lives of those who follow him in a new way. For example, one does not say because “Thou shalt not commit adultery” was fulfilled in Jesus then we should go and commit adultery, do we? Of course not. So, it follows the law that Jesus fulfilled, was fulfilled so that we would live lives that please him. We don’t observe the Sabbath however as Jews, but as Christians. We don’t keep the Seventh Day Sabbath, but we keep the Christian Sabbath. Jesus is a wise master builder bringing out the old with the new. Since the resurrection of Jesus Christ the church has been meeting with Jesus on the first day of the week. In the three appearances in John 20 this is the case, and in one of those appearances, it is in the evening. The biblical pattern from the resurrection of Jesus forward has been Christians meeting with God morning and evening on the first day of the week, Sunday. Some churches have done away with evening service endeavoring to do what is needed in their lives in just one service, and they get worn thin. Individual Christians wear themselves thin by giving themselves to one service instead of two on the Lord’s Day.
To be holy and happy we must follow God’s design.
Just as the creation ordinance of marriage is rebelled against by sinful man, so is the creation ordinance of the Lord’s Day. Don’t be in rebellion against God, but enter into a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. God is the fountain, Jesus is the channel. Come and meet with him and his people.