We cannot trust the traditions of men on the Sabbath vs. Sunday issue, for this is not safe, nor in just mere human opinions. Instead we need to know what scripture actually says, and above all, what Jesus Christ Himself taught, so we accept His pure teaching as our final authority.
Jesus Christ is “Lord even of the Sabbath day” as the Creator. Jesus said, “For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath day.” Matthew 12:8. By identifying Himself as “Lord even of the Sabbath day,” Jesus of was showing that He was the One who originally created Earth in six days, and rested on the seventh day. And the New Testament makes clear that Jesus is the Creator...
"All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that has been made." John 1:3
"He [Jesus] was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not". John 1:10
"God, who created all things by Jesus Christ." Eph. 3:9
"For by Him [Jesus] all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him." Col. 1:16
So scripture makes clear Jesus Christ is our Creator and also gave us the Sabbath for man not just the Jews:
"And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:"Mark 2:27
Not only did Jesus create the Sabbath but He makes clear it was the seventh day and Holy...
"For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it." Exodus 20:11
"And he said unto them, This is that which the LORD hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the LORD: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning." Exodus 16:23
Now you can check the scriptures and it will make clear the Sabbath is on Saturday, while Sunday is "the first day of the week". Jesus Christ regularly kept the Sabbath , taught much about the Sabbath , and clearly states that He is "Lord even of the Sabbath day". Just in one chapter we can find most of these things, look at Matthew 12.
"1 At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn and to eat.
2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.
3 But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him;
4 How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests?
5 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?
6 But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.
7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.
8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.
9 And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue:"Matthew 12:1-9
Jesus Christ never mentioned "the first day of the week" even one time. He taught nothing about it. The Sabbath continues after the cross (Luke 23:54-56) and was kept in the book of Acts by both Jews and Gentiles (Acts 13:42-44; 16:13).
There is no biblical authorization for the change of the Bible Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday.
God made the Sabbath at the beginning of the world (Gen. 2:1-3) before any Jews existed, to be a blessing to all people. Most importantly, it is a special sign that Jesus Christ is the true Creator of heaven and earth ( John 1:1-3, 10; Col. 1:16; Ex. 20:11; Ezekiel 20:12).
When the Son of God came, He kept the seventh day all His life. We find in one example in Luke . "And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read.¨ Luke 4:16.
Thus Jesus shows us by example, what as Creator He made for us at creation. So Adam and Eve were given the gift of the Sabbath from the Creator and kept the Sabbath:
(27) And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:
Note: The Sabbath was made “for man” and when the Sabbath first came into the picture, the only man alive then was Adam and his wife Eve. Therefore, the Sabbath was made for them, and for their offspring.
The understanding of the Law was given to man way before Moses as scripture makes clear...
"Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws." Genesis 26:5
The Ten Commandments were not part of Moses’ ceremonial law as Exodus 19, 20, and 31 clearly show. Also, there are many Bible references that show there was a distinguishment made between the Commandments and that of Moses’ book of the law.
Instead of abolishing the Sabbath, Jesus carefully taught how it should be observed. Jesus is also the Lord of the Sabbath.. Why be Lord of something you were going to abolish?
Christ instructed His apostles that the Sabbath should be prayerfully regarded forty years after His resurrection. .Matthew 24:20. When one reads all of Matt 24 they’ll see that Jesus was warning the disciples of the upcoming destruction of Jerusalem – which occurred about 40 years after His resurrection. Are we to believe that Christ didn’t know when this siege would take place?
Thirty years after Christ's resurrection, the scripture expressly calls it "the Sabbath day." Acts 13:14-16.The Sabbath was still in effect even then, well after Christ's death.
The New Testament alone mentions the Sabbath day no less than 84 times - sounds like God is trying to tell us something. And never once is there a change of the Sabbath day to any other nor was it abolished.
"And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment." Luke 23:56
Jesus' own mother observed the Sabbath AFTER Jesus died. If He had changed or done away with the Sabbath day (having nailed it to the cross), wouldn't His own mother have known it? She was a follower of the Messiah; Mary was certainly would have known of any changes as she was at the cross. Now lets see what Jesus did:
"And he came to Nazareth, where he [Jesus Christ] had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read." Luke 4:16.
Jesus Christ said to keep the commandments:
"And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments." Matthew 19:16-17
Jesus never said that the Sabbath would change even after His death:
"But pray ye that your flight be not in winter, neither on the Sabbath day." Matthew 24:20.
Jesus asked his disciples to pray that in the flight from the doomed city of Jerusalem they would not have to flee on the Sabbath day. This flight took place in 70 A.D.(40 years after the Cross).
He kept the seventh day as the Sabbath from Creation and in His life on earth, and Christ is our example, and He says if we love HIM to keep HIS Commandments.
So, when was the Sabbath made? It was made at Creation. By the seventh day God had finished the work He had been doing; so on the seventh day He rested from all His work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it He rested from all the work of creating that He had done.
The fourth commandment tells the same story:
"Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy ...... for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but He rested on the seventh day. Therefore,(for that reason) the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy."
Now lets see a important day in our life like the day we were born, what would you think of someone suggesting that you change your birthday to the following day or a few after, or perhaps to the day before? Is that your birthday, the day you were born, No of course not.
The same is true of the day the fourth commandment specifies as the day God made Holy, a day of rest for man. To be truly a celebration of Creation, it has to be the seventh day of the week rather than the first or the fifth. Did God make a mistake in the day and made Sunday Holy and forgot to tell us? No, and neither can man change what God has created and it was the seventh day that God made holy.
The Sabbath is a special day to focus on Jesus Christ our Maker: Jesus is “the Lord” who made the world in six days, and “rested on the seventh day.” Thus the Sabbath is a special day to focus on the Jesus Christ as the Creator and Sustainer of all life. It is a day to come apart from the normal stresses and cares of everyday living, to be refreshed and blessed by the great Creator who loves and died for us.
We are to work at our normal jobs during the six working days, but from sundown Friday night until sundown Saturday night, we should rest from our work. Late Friday afternoon, after Jesus died, "the Sabbath drew on." Luke 23:54. When the sun went down, Christ's followers "rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment." Luke 23:56.
Secular business should be laid aside. Shopping, laundry, homework, and housecleaning should be done during the six working days, and laid aside on the Sabbath so we can rest from our labors and be free to focus on our Creator Jesus Christ and share our love and worship Him.
Why do some keep Sabbath and some Sunday
So how come most of the Christendom worships on a Sunday a day God has never ordained. We need to understand the record and the means that Rome employed in ages past. Let us see what is in the spirit which Rome manifested toward the Sabbath and its defenders. Royal edicts, general councils, and church ordinances sustained by secular power were the steps by which the pagan festival attained its position of honor in the Christian world.
We know that in eternity past Sabbath was the day ordained by God as a day of worship. We also know that Sabbath will be kept in the Eternity to come, as we know Gods Commandments are eternal and a reflection of God's character. So the Question logically would be why is the day of worship changed to Sunday, as the Sunday keepers have purported to say changed by God for an infinitesimally short period of a little less than 2000 years or so compared with a view on eternity
GC ch 21 The first public measure enforcing Sunday observance was the law enacted by Constantine. (A.D. 321) This edict required townspeople to rest on “the venerable day of the sun,” but permitted countrymen to continue their agricultural pursuits. Though it was virtually a heathen statute, it was enforced by the emperor after his nominal acceptance of Christianity. The royal mandate not proving a sufficient substitute for divine authority, Eusebius, a bishop who sought the favor of princes, and who was the special friend and flatterer of Constantine, advanced the claim that Christ had transferred the Sabbath to Sunday. Not a single testimony of the Scriptures was produced in proof of the new doctrine.
Eusebius himself unwittingly acknowledges its falsity and points to the real authors of the change. “All things,” he says, “whatever that it was duty to do on the Sabbath, these we have transferred to the Lord’s Day.” But the Sunday argument, groundless as it was, served to embolden men in trampling upon the Sabbath of the Lord. All who desired to be honored by the world accepted the popular festival.
Still, the absence of Scriptural authority for Sunday-keeping occasioned no little embarrassment. The people questioned the right of their teachers to set aside in the light of the positive declaration of the I AM, “The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God, remember it and keep it holy” But in order to honor the day of the sun. To supply the lack of Bible testimony, other methods were necessary.
Satan aims to gather the Christian world under his banner and to exercise his power through his vicegerent, the proud pontiff who claimed to be the representative of Christ. Through half-converted pagans, ambitious prelates, and world-loving churchmen he accomplished his purpose. Vast councils were held from time to time. In nearly every council the Sabbath which God had instituted was made less and less prominent while the Sunday was correspondingly exalted. In that way, the pagan festival came finally to be honored as a divine institution, while the Bible Sabbath was pronounced a relic of Judaism, and its observers were declared to be accursed.
The great apostate had succeeded in exalting himself “above all that is called God, or that is worshipped.” 2 Thessalonians 2:4. He had dared to think to change times and laws and the only commandment of the divine law that unmistakably points all mankind to the one true and living God. For by him were all things where created.
A zealous advocate of Sunday, who about the close of the twelfth century visited the churches in England, was resisted by faithful witnesses for the truth; and so fruitless were his efforts that he departed from the country for a season to search for some means to enforce his teachings. When he returned, the lack was supplied, and in his efforts later he met with greater success.
He brought with him a roll purporting to be from God Himself, which contained the needed command for Sunday observance, with awful threats to terrify the disobedient.
This false document was a forgery a counterfeit like many other documents appeared from this spurious institution, it was said to have fallen from heaven and to have been found in Jerusalem, upon the altar of St. Simeon, in Golgotha. But, in fact, the pontifical palace at Rome was the source where it was produced. Frauds and forgeries to advance the power and prosperity of the Papal kingdom have in all ages been esteemed lawful by the papal hierarchy.
But notwithstanding all the efforts to establish Sunday sacredness, papists themselves publicly confessed the divine authority of the Sabbath and the human origin of the institution by which it had been supplanted. In the sixteenth century, a papal council plainly declared: “Let all Christians remember that the seventh day was consecrated by God, and has been received and observed, not only by the Jews but by all others who pretend to worship God; but we Christians have changed their Sabbath into the Lord’s Day.” Those who were tampering with the divine law were not ignorant of the character of their work. They were deliberately setting themselves above God.
The law of God is the most visible and the most concrete element of biblical religion. And yet, it is in this aspect also the most controversial. Thus, it is on the law, and more specifically, on the Sabbath, that religious fidelity has been and will be, tested. The law of God is to our spiritual life what physical exercise is to our blood. The Sabbath is to the law what the blood is to the body. The law is the only way. God has to make our religion real and alive. As it says the Sabbath sanctifies something that Sunday keepers sorely miss out on unbeknown to them. Many Christians have rejected the law. They mistake keeping the law with legalism. And yet, in reality, the law cannot be separated from the gospel.
Do we observe God’s commandments only because we think that they are wise and rational, or because we believe they will make us happier? Contrary to either of these motives, the only rationale for keeping the law that is given in the law itself is “ ‘I am the Lord your God’ ” It is our personal relationship with the God of grace, the God who saved us and loved us, and the God whom we love in return that explains why we should keep these commandments. It is because He is “your God.”