Seventh-day Adventists claim that the Sabbath, not Sunday, is the Lord’s day and cite Mark 2:28 as proof. But is this accurate?
Read Mark 2:23 through Mark 3:6. Then read Matthew 12:1-14 for an account of the same events. Jesus and His disciples, by going through the field picking wheat on the sabbath were breaking the commandments of God regarding the observance of the sabbath, and not some made up burdensome traditions of the Pharisees, as SDAs like to assert (see Ex.16:29, Ex.20:10, Ex.31:14-15, 35:1-3, Lev.23:1-3, Num.15:32-36). I ask SDAs why they feel free to disregard these very clear commandments of God regarding Sabbath observance?
Did Jesus teach that these commandments will change or go away?
Notice what Jesus tells the Pharisees in Matt.12:3-8. They are treating Him as one who is profaning the Temple and the Sabbath. But Jesus points out two things.
1.That He is greater than the temple, which was the center of the world of the Jewish religion, but later to be destroyed.
- That He is greater than the sabbath because He is even Lord of the sabbath. After the resurrection of Jesus, the Sabbath, like the Temple, was no longer binding for Christians because it was, as Paul points out in Col.2:16-17, a shadow of the Reality who is Jesus Christ.
Now, we know that the temple was immediately profaned when Christ, upon the cross proclaimed, “it is finished”, and the veil that separated the holy place from the most holy place in the temple was torn in two. Some 40 years later the Temple was destroyed completely and the Jews no longer have access to use it to this day.
But what about the sabbath? And what about Sunday? What does the Bible show to support that this change from Sabbath to Sunday, was not made by man, or by the Catholic Church centuries after the resurrection, but by Jesus Christ Himself, and accepted and taught by His Apostles?
Does the Holy Bible support that this change from Sabbath to Sunday was made by Jesus Christ Himself? Let’s see what the Bible says about Jesus and the first day of the week.
*Jesus rose on the first day of the week and appeared to the women (Matthew chapters 27-28, Mark chapter 16, Luke chapter 24, John chapter 20)
*On the evening of that first day of the week, the day of the resurrection, Jesus appears to His disciples, confirms to them that He is risen in a real body, breathes on them and gives them the Holy Spirit for the first time, and gives them the authority to forgive sins or retain sins (John 20:19-23). *Thomas was not there.
Eight days later, which is the next first day of the week, Sunday, Jesus meets with the disciples again now that Thomas is there (John 20:24-29) and Thomas has his belief confirmed.
*50 days after the resurrection on the day of Pentecost, (which was the first day of the week, Sunday) when the Apostles were all gathered in one place, and a great crowd was with them, Jesus who was then ascended to heaven sent the Holy Spirit with great signs and great power and the Church officially began with 3,000 people being baptized (Acts chapter 2). *And after they were baptized the believers dedicated themselves to the apostles teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread (which is communion that Jesus instituted at the last supper), and the prayers (Acts 2:37-42).
*Acts 20:7-12 recounts the event of Paul meeting with believers on the first day of the week, Sunday, to break bread (which is communion that Jesus instituted at the last supper).
So, what do we conclude from the Bible?
*That after the resurrection, Jesus established the routine of meeting with His disciples on the first day of the week.
*That this weekly meeting on the first day of the week was where God poured out His Holy Spirit in abundance on the crowd gathered and began the work of His Church (Pentecost). *And that those who believed and were baptized, dedicated themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, the breaking of bread, or communion, and to the prayers.
*That this weekly meeting on the first day of the week was in regular occurrence when Paul met with believers in Acts 20, for the sole purpose of breaking bread, or celebrating communion.
And it was from the resurrection forward that the believers in Jesus Christ regularly met on Sunday, and that the Apostles and their successors referred to Sunday as the Lord’s Day.
Now, SDAs say that the sabbath was still in full effect for the followers of Jesus Christ after the resurrection, and that it is the sabbath, not Sunday, which is called the Lord’s Day. *So I have some questions for SDAs, and I would like your responses to be from the Bible and the Bible alone…not Ellen White, not youtube videos, or anything else…but from the Bible and the Bible alone as I just showed you above regarding Sunday.
*Where in the Biblical record after the resurrection do we find Jesus entering a synagogue on the sabbath, as was His custom before the crucifixion?
*Where in the Biblical record after the resurrection do we find Jesus meeting with His disciples, or anyone else for that matter, on the sabbath?
*Where in the Biblical record after the resurrection, do we find believers in Jesus Christ meeting on the sabbath to break bread, i.e., participate in communion as instituted and commanded by Jesus Christ to His disciples at the last supper?
*Where in the Biblical record after, or even before, the resurrection, do we find Jesus or His disciples and apostles teaching anything anywhere that the choice between worshipping God on the Sabbath or worshipping God on Sunday will be the final and ultimate test of mankind in salvation history, determining whether or not they receive the seal of God (which SDAs believe is Sabbath keeping) or the mark of the beast (which SDAs believe is worshipping God on Sunday), thereby determining whether a person enters eternal life or eternal damnation?
God bless all!!!