(Sorry about missing yesterday, I'm in the hospital with a bacterial infection. Looks like I will be writting from the hospital bed for about a week.)
Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath
6:1 On a Sabbath, while he was going through the grainfields, his disciples plucked and ate some heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands. 2 But some
of the Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath?” 3 And Jesus answered them, “Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him: 4 how he entered the house of God and took
and ate the bread of the Presence, which is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those with him?” 5 And he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”
Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
What does this mean?
We should fear and love God so that we do not despise preaching and His Word, but hold it sacred and gladly hear and learn it.
[Luther’s Small Catechism]
Jesus reapplies the Third Commandment to reveal the blessings of the Sabbath. When we consider laws and their application, God would have us see not simply how laws restrict but also who and what they protect.
All God’s Word is written for our benefit, that we may enjoy the inherited blessings of His mercy.
Does God require the church to worship together on any specific days?
A. God requires Christians to worship together.
Acts 2:42, 46 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers…. And day by day, attending the temple together
and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts.
Heb. 10:25 Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
B. He has not specified any particular day.
Rom. 14:5–6 One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes
the day, observes it in honor of the Lord.
Gal. 4:10–11 You observe days and months and seasons and years! I am afraid I may have labored over you in vain.
C. The church worships together especially on Sunday because
Christ rose from the dead on Sunday.
Luke 24:1–2 On the first day of the week, at early dawn, they [the women] went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb.
20:7 On the first day of the week, when we gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and he prolonged his speech until midnight. Bible narrative: Jesus appeared to His disciples
Jesus is Lord
of the Sabbath, and every other day as well. I pray: O Heavenly Father, Help me to always seek to worship you and never tire of hearing your word. Your Son rose from the dead and set us free by forgiving us our sins. Lord, I pray
for your healing hands to be laid on me so that I can get out of this hospital bed and back home. I pray for healing not only on me, but for all my brothers and sisters in Christ. I also pray that the Gospel be spread to the nonbelieving world
so that they too can receive forgiveness and eternal life. Amen.
Luther, Martin (2005-10-31). Luther's Small Catechism with Explanation (ESV) (Kindle Locations 747-755). Concordia Publishing House. Kindle Edition.