I want to re-blog the post I made the other day about the Sabbath. If you have not read it and the Edwards article I recommend it.
Perhaps there is also a hint in today’s Luke 24 readings, just how important the first day of the week was. We see both this as the day of Jesus’ resurrection, which is the first of the resurrection of the dead, and the gathering of the disciples together, and the breaking of bread at the evening meal. But we also see Jesus teaching and revealing the meaning of all the Scriptures.
Although not explicitly set out in the text is it not possible that Jesus himself encouraged them to celebrate the Sabbath in this new era of his resurrection on this the first day of the week as another way to further the remembrance of himself?
And certainly as Lord of the Sabbath, just as he had established the original 4th command he had the right and power to designate the day of it. And as Edwards writes, this became the common practice of the church from then on.
Mat 12:8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.
Mar 2:28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.
Luk 6:5 And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.
Luk 24:1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
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 24:25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:
Luk 24:26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?
Luk 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
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 24:44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
Luk 24:45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,