Why Is Church on Sunday?
Most Church-going Christians these days have made a habit of going to church on Sunday. Have you ever wondered why that might be the case? After all, the holy day of the OT time period was Saturday. Why do we meet on Sunday?
Because of the early Church
To find the answer, we must turn to the pages of Scripture. There aren’t many passage to examine when it comes to this topic, but there a few that are instructive. First is Acts 20:7 which reads, “On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul began talking to them, intending to leave the next day, and he prolonged his message until midnight.” What we can infer from this passage is that as early as the first century Christians were regularly meeting on “the first day of the week” i.e. Sunday. Second is 1 Cor 16:2, “On the first day of every week each one of you is to put aside and save, as he may prosper, so that no collections be made when I come.” From this we learn about Paul instructing those in the congregation to set aside their offerings on Sundays. Again, the inference is that the church met on Sundays so this made the collections convenient. Interestingly enough, there is no record anywhere that Christians historically ever met on any day other than Sunday. Why did they meet on Sunday?
Because Sunday is Resurrection day
While it cannot be proven, most scholars agree that the reason that Christians began meeting on Sundays was because Jesus Christ rose of the dead on a Sunday (Matt 28:1-7). While this is merely conjecture, there does not seem to be any other reason why the Christians would decide to meet on Sunday. The resurrection of Jesus was the most celebrated aspect of the Christian faith in those days, so it would not be much of a surprise if they decided to commemorate it every week as they gathered together.
Why I think this is cool
Let’s suppose for the sake of argument that the scholars are correct and that the reason we meet on Sundays is because of Christ's resurrection. Think about it: isn’t that cool?
One of, if not the, most important aspects of our faith is celebrated every week. I’m sure I do not have to remind you about the importance of the resurrection, but I will anyway. Without the resurrection, there is not much in which to place our hope. The birth of Christ is insignificant if He is dead. His death means nothing if He stayed in the grave. The resurrection is, in my opinion, the single most important aspect not only of the life of Christ but also our entire faith. It is the single most important fact in the Scriptures. Our entire faith hangs in the balance of this one fact. (see 1 Cor 15)
The early church recognized its importance by meeting regularly on Sundays, the day of His resurrection. Because of them we can corporately celebrate the single most important fact in the history of the world every week. I think that’s cool.
Next time your begin to get ready for Church, try to think about the fact that the only reason you are getting ready on that particular Sunday to meet with other Christians is because of one fact: Jesus Christ rose from the dead. So celebrate it! As you fellowship with your brothers and sisters in Christ, praise the Lord with them and celebrate the resurrection together. It’s certainly worthy of our celebration.
When I thought about this, it gave me renewed appreciation and a deeper meaning for corporate worship at Church on Sundays. I hope it does the same for you.
Be blessed; be a blessing.
P.S. This does not mean that Sunday is the only correct day to worship. Romans 14:5-6a says, “One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord” It doesn’t matter what day you worship, so long as you are “fully convinced” and so long as you actually meet with some Christians with some manner of regularity (Heb 10:24-25, “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”)