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Robin Parry is the husband of but one wife (Carol) and the father of the two most beautiful girls in the universe (Hannah and Jessica). He also has a lovely cat called Monty (who has only three legs). Living in the city of Worcester, UK, he works as an Editor for Wipf and Stock — a US-based theological publisher. Robin was a Sixth Form College teacher for 11 years and has worked in publishing since 2001 (2001–2010 for Paternoster and 2010– for W&S).

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Justin Martyr on Sunday, creation, and new creation

And we assemble together on Sunday, because it is the first day, on which God transformed darkness and matter, and made the world; and Jesus Christ our Savior rose from the dead on that day; for they crucified him the day before Saturday; and the day after Saturday, which is Sunday, he appeared to his apostles and disciples, and taught them these things which we have presented to you also for your consideration.
Justin Martyr

Exactly! There are some Christians who would like to move Christian worship away from Sundays in order to make the point that all days are alike. But something is lost in such a move. Sunday was "the Lord's Day" not for some random reason. It was "the first day" of creation in Genesis 1, the day on which God said, "Let there be light!" And it was the first day of the new creation—the day that Jesus was raised from the dead. Sunday holds together creation and new creation and Sunday worship is a fitting way of sanctifying time.

3 comments:

Tom Nicholson said...

That's a very significant quote from a very early Church Father!

Last Sunday we sang "This is the day" which makes three connections with Sunday:

this is the day that the Lord has made / that He rose again / when the Spirit came. Justin would have liked that!

Tom Nicholson said...

... (correction) I mean Pentecost Sunday, not last Sunday.

Robin Parry said...

Amen to that