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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, the Sabbath.
"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
sepulchre." Matthew 28:1.
Where is the first
day next mentioned?
"And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene,
and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that
they might come and anoint him. And very early in the morning the first
day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the
sun." Mark 16:1,2.
NOTE. - This is the same incident as that related by
Matthew, and Mark wrote his gospel thirty-two years after the resurrection
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." Mark 16:9.
On what day was
Christ laid in the tomb?
"This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. And he
took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre 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
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 Sabbath.
"Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the
morning, they came unto the sepulchre, 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
"The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early,
when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away
from the sepulchre." John 20:1.
What took place in
the evening of that same first day?
"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 midst, and saith unto them, Peace
be unto you." John 20:19.
Jesus previously appeared to some of His disciples?
"After that 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.
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
"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 they told what
things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of
bread. 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 yet 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 honeycomb. 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 both 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 Matthew 17:1 and Luke
"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
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 midnight." 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.
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 20:13.
What did Paul tell
the Corinthian church to do on Sunday?
"Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in
store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I
come." 1 Corinthians 16:2.
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 for the saints, as I have
given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye." 1 Corinthians
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
"I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind
me a great voice, as of a trumpet." Revelation 1:10.
What day has God
"If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy
pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of
the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor
finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words." Isaiah
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 Testament.
"Therefore the Son of man is Lord also
of the sabbath." Mark 2:28.