RE: Keep the Sabbath, Saturday or Sunday & Rest in Christ
From what I see of what the pastor supposedly stated, I don't see where he said anything about Jesus' appearances to the disciples being a "church meeting". What he posted were texts showing that Jesus appeared to them on the first day of the week.
Every time that Jesus appeared to his disciples after his resurrection, it was on Sunday: Matthew 28:10; Luke 24:13-36; John 20:19-23; John 20:26
Matthew 28:10 was not an appearance to the disciples. Here He appeared to Mary Magdalene and Mary His mother and told them to take a message to the disciples. So this verse is misused. And it was no "meeting" as if they were "having church" or some such. This verse used in the context as presented by Pastor _____ is wrested out of context and said to teach something it does not. We here at Berean U. must study to "see if these things be so."
Luke 24:13-36. This story is the great proof that it was NOT that first Sunday, the day Yeshua arose that the disciples did any setting apart of the first day of the week. In this story, Yeshua is walking along the road to Emmaus with two men going home from Passover the afternoon He arose. How close is that to having church on Sunday morning? Yeshua was making His first appearances, letting people know He is alive and has absolutely NOTHING to do with the Fourth Commandment to Remember the Rest day to keep it holy. These two men, when it was getting dark, invited Yeshua into their home. He went in and ate with them. Then after dark on the first day of the week, the evening after He resurrected, that evening, these two men went 7.5 miles back to Jerusalem to find the Disciples and tell them that they had been with Yeshua. Dark, eat, go back to Jerusalem. After they got there and made their report, the Disciples still did not believe. Then Yeshua showed up and they thought they were looking at a ghost. So He took time...time...to eat fish and honeycomb in front of them to prove that He was no ghost. When did this happen? Sunday night after dark. And of necessity that would be Monday (the second day of the week)....because the new day began at sunset. So it was on the SECOND day of the week when the Disciples finally understood that Yeshua was resurrected. Do we have any Bible believers here at Berean University?
John 20:19-23. "Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you."
First thing somebody will say: See there? The Bible says it was the First day of the week! Okay, let's consider this. First, Yeshua sees the two women. Then He walks to Emmaus with two men and stays there with them until after dark. Then they go back to Jerusalem after dark to tell the Disciples that Yeshua has resurrected. Then Yeshua appears to eleven unbelieving Disciples. When does He appear to the Disciples? After the two from Emmaus arrive back in Jerusalem. Now, John's record in chapter 19. The King James has the word "day" italicized, meaning it is not in the Greek text. So then the passage would read, Then the same day ate evening, being the first of the week.
Suppose someone, because he refuses to give up Sunday replacement of God's Holy day argues the point. Suppose he says, well, the use of the phrase "first of the week" meant first day. Could be. I don't know. But I can tell you this. If this John 20:19 meeting was at any other time than Sunday night, the story about the two men from Emmaus is a farce. Now that, ladies and gentlemen. is a fact.
John 20:26. "And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you." Does this verse say anything about it being the first day of the week? Where does it say this was the first day of the week? Let's see. The previous appearance, even if we go along with the idea it was on the First day of the week, would be on Sunday. Eight days later would be Monday. And if it the former appearance was on Sunday night, Monday in Hebrew reckoning, then eight days later would be on Tuesday. There's no way, "eight days later" can fall on Sunday.
So far the Sunday argument is batting 0 for 4. Not so good. And they say it is us who twists Scripture! Okay, back to our Berean Textbook:
The disciples on the way to Emmanus, traveled there on the first day of the week, the day that Christ arose. Then Jesus appeared that same evening to the disciples. It states this clearly in the text
Luk 24:9 And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.
Luk 24:10 It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles.
Luk 24:11 And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.
Luk 24:12 Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.
Luk 24:13 And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.
Luk 24:14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened.
Luk 24:15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.
Luk 24:16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.
Luk 24:32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?
Luk 24:33 And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them,
Luk 24:34 Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.
Luk 24:35 And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.
Luk 24:36 And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
Luk 24:37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.
If one looks back historically, Sunday was chosen as the day of worship, not to "replace" the seventh day, but to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Then, in 325, the Nicean Counsel declared that day as the day of worshiping together
The Sabbath was not given to Israel as a day of worship or a day to gather with others
As I pointed out, the first of the week means, in Greek, the first day of the week or Sunday as we know it