|SHOULD CHRISTIANS OBSERVE THE SABBATH ON
SATURDAY OR SUNDAY?
WHEN IS THE CHRISTIAN SABBATH?
The Sabbath is the seventh day of the week in Jewish religious law. The Old Testament
shows that there should be a day of rest held weekly [Exodus 23:12] "Six days you shall do
your work, but on the seventh day you shall rest;...".
Jesus establishes the "New Covenant" in [Luke 22:20]; "...this cup which is poured out for
you is the new covenant in my blood."
We know that the Lord rose from the dead on the first day of the week; in Matthew 28:1];
"Now after the Sabbath,..." vs. 5, '...you seek Jesus who was crucified. (6) for He has
With the "New Covenant", the "New Church"; celebrated the "Sabbath" as the "Lord's Day".
This is shown in the New Testament, which of course is a chronicle of the teachings and
life of Christ and the Church He founded.
In [Acts 20:7], "On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break
[1 Corinthians 16:2]; "On the first day of the week, each of you is to put something
The Sabbath, which represented the completion of the first creation, has been replaced by
Sunday which recalls the "New Creation", inaugurated by the Resurrection of Christ.
Colossians 2: 16-17: "Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and
drink or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath."
St. Paul is saying that it is time to let go of Saturday worship and embrace the "New
Covenant" - "New Testament".