The Day the Lord has made! There are many wonderful days in the history of the earth. There was the day the world was created. Another day when the first humans fell from sin, another day when the population of the first earth were destroyed. For Christians, there was also a Day when humans were redeemed from death and received Life again. For Christians, the day before Christ’s death and the day after are as different as night and day. Before Christ’s death, humans were dead and separated from God. After His death, we received true life again.
All the folklores and cultures speak of the loss of the original permanent home. All of them speak of a great loss. But they also speak of a great day when all that man lost will be returned to him. They speak of a great book that will show us the Creator’s love, or a great sacrifice which will return the world to its proper order, or of a great day.
This is not something that is understandable to the unspiritual mind, but Christians believe that Adam and Eve the first humans were created to be both spirit and flesh. These first humans were created to have dominion over sickness, the animals, the weather, time, space. They were created to be an entirely unique species that could dwell in the spiritual realm as well as the physical world. But then they lost the spiritual aspect of their lives because they distrusted God’s love. They wanted to understand all the evils in the world although evil had never touched them. Instead of seeking to simply accept good, they wanted to be as God and also understand evil. This required understanding how to judge themselves, others, events, and even God. By choosing to discover evil, they learned to blame, to compare themselves to other, to feel envy. They also died spiritually. No longer could they see by spiritual sight as God saw; their souls now had six senses to enclose their spirit. Humans now only judged life by their six senses — senses which were corrupted and disconnected from God.
But God did not wish humans to live in such lifelessness. He prepared a day! As the English poet, Milton wrote, “Oh happy fault that showed so great and good a God!” By this, he meant that humans would not have known how loving God was if humans had not fallen into sin. God showed humans His love for us by preparing a sacrifice. Christians believe that Jesus is the DAY which the Lord made!
The Jews believed in a wonderful Jubilee, or fiftieth day, when all sins would be removed. Moses and David also wrote of the Sabbath which is the day of God’s rest — a day humans are invited to enter into. But after the sabbath, after seventh day, and the forty-ninth day is the 8th day, the Pentecost (or fiftieth day) and the wonderful new day of the new creation. This is why most Christians worship on Sunday, the first day of the week. In Hebrews Chapter 4:1-12, a new rest is described.
The Lord’s Day is connected with resting in the power of the work, trusting and resting in Jesus’ salvation and the power given to us through His spirit.
Christ, the new Adam, has brought a new creation, a new world and a new Sabbath which supersedes the one which the “old Adam” lost.
This jubilee is connected with the Ancient Jewish Pentecost. The fiftieth day after Passover. It is seven weeks plus ONE, a new day. Fifty days.
The Jubilee was a day of deliverance from slavery, debt, and sin. It is a foreshadowing of the day when God would make all things new and in the Torah, Jews were ordered to free those of their brothers who were enslaved to them or in debt.
But Psalm 118 hints at a new greater day: The stones which the builders rejected is become the head cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing and it is wonderful in our eyes. This is the Day that the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. And this is what we do. We rejoice and are glad in that day.
Paul and the early church worshiped on “The Lord’s Day,” (the first day of the week) in addition to worshiping on the Sabbath which was the seventh day.
The early church worshiped on the first day for many reasons:
The first day of the week was called The Lord’s Day because it was on this day the Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead. John 20:1 Jesus also appeared to his disciples one week after he rose, which was another First Day of the Week. John 20:19. The Holy Spirit also came on the day of Pentecost, which was the day after the Sabbath. The old testament promise of the Jubilee fifty days after the high Passover was fulfilled when the Holy Spirit descended. In his first letter to the Corinthians, (1 Cor 16: 2). And upon the first day of the week, the disciples came together to break bread. Acts 20:7. God therefore blessed the Lord’s Day, the first day of the week. Even going so far as to give His Revelation to John on the first day of the week. Rev 1:10
But the most important aspect of The Lord’s Day is that it represents the arrival of God’s true rest. God’s true rest is mentioned several times in the Bible. The true Pentecost of seven perfect weeks plus one day. The New Day of the New Week of the New Creatures….The Redeemed Man.
In Genesis, we are told that on the seventh day, God rested from his labor. In Hebrews chapter four, the writer of the Book of Hebrews talks about entering the true rest of God. (Hebrews 4:3, Psalm 95:11, Genesis 2:2, and Psalm 95:7,8 )
God links the rejection of the chief cornerstone to Jesus, who has brought God’s people into the true promised land, with the promise of True Rest. Thus, the real rest is the rest created by Christ. It is no longer a legalistic enslavement to the law, but an entering into the true Rest and finished work and blessings of the New Day which the Lord has made.
Jesus changed something in the whole universe when He died on the cross. By worshiping Him on this new Day, Christians acknowledge that He has made all things new...and that authority, salvation, life, and reconciliation to God has been given to humans again in fullness. Jesus’s great declaration: “It is finished” ushers in a new day indeed for the sons of God.
1O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.
2Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
3Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
4Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
5I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place.
6The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?
7The LORD taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me.
8It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
9It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.
10All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD will I destroy them.
11They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.
12They compassed me about like bees: they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.
13Thou hast thrust sore at me that I might fall: but the LORD helped me.
14The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.
15The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly.
16The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly.
17I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.
18The LORD hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death.
19Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD:
20This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter.
21I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.
22The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.
23This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.
24This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
25Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.
26Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD.
27God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.
28Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee.
29O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.