I bought the most beautiful calendar for 2014. It had gorgeous pictures of different spices for each month. They were spice pictures from around the world in sunset hues of red and gold and orange. I always hang my calendar in the kitchen and it fit perfectly.
Except for one thing.
Each week started with Monday. I bought the calendar online, so I didn’t know it was going to make the beginning of the week a Monday. And it drove me crazy. I thought I could work around it. I thought I could retrain my mind to know that the first column was Monday, not Sunday, but I couldn’t. I got so completely frustrated that within a few weeks that beautiful calendar was in the trash and I replaced it with some smiling cartoons of French pastry chefs.
I don’t think all of the frustration was just over retraining my mind. I think that somewhere deep inside, I know that Sunday is the first day of the week. And I think that somewhere deep inside, I knew that God wanted it that way.
I know that some people go to church on Saturday. But when I hear someone talk about “the Lord’s Day”, I know it means Sunday. And I think the Lord’s Day belongs at the beginning of my week, not at the end of it.
And so this morning, I’m happy that my calendar says this is the first day of the week that lies ahead. And I’m happy that I’ll be spending this first day of the week in church, with God’s people, rejoicing, singing, listening. I need to know that I’ve started the week with Him.
Happy first day of the week, my friends.
Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb and behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it…the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. “He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.” Matthew 28:1,2, 5,6
This is the day the LORD has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
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, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” John 20:19