“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
“The Day of His Triumph”
(Please read Revelation 1:10)
The expression, “the Lord’s Day,” is used only this once in the Bible. The word “Lord’s” here had the same connotation as it does in the term, “Lord’s Supper” (1 Corinthians 11:20, NIV). It means what it looks like: belonging to the Lord or consecrated to the Lord.
In a time when less and less attention is paid to this special day, it should be helpful to read some eloquent words about it from the pen of Alexander Campbell, a 19th Century religious leader. In an 1836 issue of Millennial Harbinger, he wrote: “Time and eternity are the Lord’s. The Heir of the universe, his is an unbounded domain, and an everlasting title. Still, for the best of reasons, one day above all others is rightly called the Lord’s. That is the day on which, as on a monument more durable than brass, is inscribed his name.”
Campbell told how God had rested from creation on the seventh day and hallowed that day and caused his chosen people to keep that day holy. Then he wrote much more, including these moving words:
“The hosannas of ransomed millions should rise higher than the shouts of angels. . . . It is the day of his triumph over both death and the grave, and on this day all who hope to triumph over death and the grave by him, gratefully and joyfully commemorate his triumph both for his sake and their own.”
Then our forefathers in the faith emphasized the importance of the Lord’s Day, with arguments which, like the scriptures they uphold, are timeless and appropriate for the church today.