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it is true that Jesus rose on the first day of the week ~ but nowhere is there the slightest reference in the Bible for anyone to keep that day holy ~ the basis for Sabbath-keeping ~ is the direct handwritten command of God ~

many wonderful events occurred on certain days of the week ~ but we have no command to keep them holy ~ Jesus died for our sins on Friday ~ that is probably the most significant event in all of recorded history ~ it marks the moment my death sentence was commuted and my salvation assured ~ but not one Bible text hints that we should observe this day of such great significance ~

it was a dramatic moment when Jesus rose from the grave on that Sunday morning ~ but there is not a trace of biblical evidence that we should observe it in honor of the resurrection ~ not one instance of Sunday observance has been found in the recorded Scriptures ~ there is, a memorial of the resurrection commanded in the Bible ~ but it is not Sunday-keeping “therefore we are buried with HIM by baptism into death:  that like Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” Romans 6:4

Baptism is the memorial of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection ~ those who believe that Sunday observance honors HIS resurrection cite the upper room meeting of the disciples on the same day He arose from the grave ~ to them that gathering was to celebrate His resurrection ~

but when we read the Bible record of the event ~ we discover that the circumstances were quite different ~ Luke 24:10 tells us that, even though the disciples were confronted with the eyewitness story of Mary Magdalene ~ they “believed not” ~ after that HE appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country ~ afterward He appeared unto the eleven as they sat and ate, He scolded them for their unbelief and hardness of heart ~ they believed not them which had seen Him after He was risen” Mark 16:12-14

~ obviously, none of those upper room disciples believed that He was raised ~ so they could not have been joyously celebrating the resurrection ~ John the Apostle explains their reason for being together in these words:  “the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews” John 20:19

~ thus, we have examined the major arguments used against the observance of God’s holy Sabbath day ~ not one of the objections provide a trace of evidence that God ever changed His mind about the Sabbath ~ when He wrote the word “remember” into the fourth commandment, it was in reference to the same seventh day that appears on our wall calendar ~ neither men nor principalities can diminish the validity of that eternal moral law ~

may God grant each one of us the courage to honor the Sabbath commandment as heaven’s special test of our love and loyalty ~

as we have discovered, when Jesus returns ~ we will keep the same Sabbath with Him, ages without end ~

even so, come LORD Jesus ~ 


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