Lord of the Sabbath

I want to greet you on this Lord’s Day in the name of our Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Psalm 118:24 proclaims, “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” God has called His people to gather on this day so that they may show in a visible way that this is His day. We call it the “Lord’s Day” for that is exactly what it is.

As Creator, this day is His because He made it. Nothing happens today from the rising of the sun in the east to its setting in the west that has not been made so by Him. Colossians 1:16 says, “For by [Jesus] all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through Him and for Him.”

As the risen Savior, this day is His because He is our Exalted King and Lord. Paul prayed for the Ephesian Church that they would know “what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.”

Jesus Himself said that the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath. And if he is Lord of the Sabbath, if he is Lord of this day, then He is Lord of every day. We come this Lord’s Day to rejoice and be glad in Him as a representative day for how we are to be the other six days of the week. Jesus is Lord of our mornings, Lord of our children, Lord of our schedules, Lord of our vacations, Lord of our jobs, Lord of our free time, and Lord of our retirement. Let us sing to the Lord of Lords a new song with glad hearts today.


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