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In what part of the New
Testament is found the first mention of the first day of the week?NOTE. - Sunday is the
first day of the week. See Webster. Matthew wrote his Gospel six years
after the resurrection of Christ, yet calls the day before the first day,
"In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the
week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher."
Where is the first day
morning the first day of the week they came unto the
sepulcher at the rising of the sun." Mark 16:1, 2.
"And when the Sabbath was past,... very early in the
NOTE. - This is the same incident as that related by
Matthew, and Mark wrote his gospel thirty-two years after the resurrection of
On what day was Jesus
raised from the dead?
"Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, He
appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven devils."
On what day was Christ
laid in the tomb?
"This man [Joseph] went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. And
he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulcher that was
hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid. And that day was the
preparation, and the Sabbath drew on." Luke 23:52-54.
What did the holy women
do, after seeing where He was laid?
"And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested
the Sabbath day according to the commandment." Luke 23:56.
What work did they
postpone till the first day because they would not do it on the Sabbath?NOTE. - Luke wrote
his gospel twenty-four years after the events he records had occurred, and he,
too, by Inspiration, calls the day before the first day of the week, the
"Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they
came unto the sepulcher, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and
certain others with them." Luke 24:1.
How does John speak of
these events?NOTE. - John wrote
his gospel in 97 A.D., and yet he gives no title of sacredness to the first day.
He gives substantially the same account as the other evangelists.
"The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it
was yet dark, unto the sepulcher, and seeth the stone taken away from the
sepulcher." John 20:1.
What took place in the
evening of that same first day? midst,
and saith unto them, Peace be unto you." John 20:19.
"Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when
the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews,
came Jesus and stood in the
previously appeared to some of His disciples?
"He appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went
into the country." Mark 16:12.
When they went and told
the others who were assembled, how did they receive the news?
"And they went and told it unto the residue; neither believed they
them." Mark 16:13.
When Jesus afterward met
the eleven, what did He say to them?
"Afterward He appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and
upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed
not them which had seen Him after He was risen." Mark 16:14.
NOTE. - From this
testimony it is plain that the eleven were not assembled together to celebrate
His resurrection; for they did not believe He was risen.
Did Christ appear to the
eleven while the two who had seen Him at Emmaus were relating their experience?
"And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found
the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, saying, The Lord is
risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon... And as they thus spake, Jesus
Himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto
you." Luke 24:33-36.
Were the disciples here
assembled to partake of the communion?NOTE. - Fish and
honey are never used at the communion.
"And while they believed not for joy, and wondered, He said unto them,
Have ye here any meat? And they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an
honey comb. And He took it, and did eat before them." Luke 24:41-43.
Where did the disciples
live when in Jerusalem?NOTE. - They all
abode in this room, and were probably at home, partaking of their evening meal,
when the Saviour met with them. He knew their habits and their time of eating,
and when He came, He found them with their doors closed for fear of the Jews.
"And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where
abode Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew,
and Matthew, James, the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the
brother of James." Acts 1:13.
When did the Saviour next
meet with His disciples?NOTE. - This is not
the eighth day, but "after eight days," an indefinite expression. If
this were a definite expression, it would carry the meeting (counting from
Sunday night) over beyond Monday of the next week. (For meaning of such
expressions, compare the text with Matt. 17:1 and Luke 9:28.)
"And after eight days, again His disciples were within, and Thomas with
them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said,
Peace be unto you." John 20:26.
On what day did Paul once
meet with the brethren at Troas?
"And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came
together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow;
and continued his speech until mid. night." Acts 20:7.
At what time of day was
this meeting held?
"And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were
gathered together." Acts 20:8.
How many accompanied Paul
on his journey into Asia on this occasion?
"And there accompanied him into Asia Sopater of Berea; and of the
Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timotheus; and
of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus." Acts 20:4
While Paul was walking
across the peninsula (nineteen and one half miles) to Assos, what were his
companions doing?NOTE. - None of them
regarded Sunday as anything more than an ordinary day.
"And we went before to ship, and sailed unto Assos, there intending to
take in Paul; for so had he appointed, minding himself to go afoot." Acts
What did Paul tell the
Corinthian church to do on Sunday?
"Upon the first day of the week let everyone of you lay by him in store, as
God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come." 1 Cor.
What was the collection
for?NOTE. - This was not
to be taken up in the public congregation. "let everyone of you lay by him
in store." This is generally translated in other places as being with
one's self, at home by himself, near himself, at his own house, etc..
"Now concerning the collection of the saints, as I have given
order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye." 1 Cor. 16:1.
completes the entire list of texts in the New Testament containing a mention of
the first day of the week, and they all treat that day as only a common day.
When was John in the
"I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a
great voice, as of a trumpet." Rev. 1:10.
What day has God called
"If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy
pleasure on My holy day." Isa. 58:13.
Of what day has Christ
claimed to be Lord?NOTE. - The other six
are for man's use, in which to labor. Sunday sacredness is not known in the New
"Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath." Mark