Why Did The Sabbath Day Change To The First Day?

Rev. Alan Cairns explains the reason here:


My notes:

We observe a Sabbath on the first day of each week because:

  1. Of apostolic example, which is authoritatively binding on Christians; and
  2. Scripture teaches it


  1. The Sabbath is one of the Ten Commandments and there is no justification to excise it from the Bible.
  2. God’s 7th-day rest at creation was man’s first full day of existence.  Man’s first day on earth was a Sabbath day so the Sabbath goes back to creation.


  1. In Exodus 20, the commandment says “the seventh day,” not “the seventh day of the week.”  The weekly Sabbath was a 7-day thing.
  2. Man’s first Sabbath was on his first full day of existence.
  3. There is nothing requiring the Sabbath to be kept on the 7th day of the week, although the Jews did observe this up until New Testament times.
  4. In the New Testament,
    1. Jesus was raised on the first day
    2. Pentecost occurred on the first day
    3. Paul went to Troas to worship with believers on the first day
    4. 1 Corinthians contains instructions for taking up collections in services on the first day of the week
  5. Historically, the early Christians attended synagogues on Saturday to witness and evangelise.  However, they worshiped together on the first day.  A change took place regarding the day of worship.  Why?:
    1. Hebrews 4:9 – There remains a Sabbath (not the Greek word for “rest” as in the rest of the chapter).
    2. Hebrews 4:10 – This Sabbath is on the first day because: As God finished his creation and then instituted the Sabbath, Jesus has finished His work and entered into His rest on the first day.  For that reason, there is left a keeping of the Sabbath.  The creation Sabbath celebrated God’s creation work.  Christ’s Sabbath, which He instituted, celebrates His finished work, His redemption work.
  6. Jesus finished His work and rose on the first day.  We keep His Sabbath in commemoration of that.  We do not keep the Jewish weekly creation Sabbath or special Sabbaths.

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