You there in verse two is that upon the first day of the week, let every one of you lay by him in store. They’re putting some emphasis on Sunday, the first day of the week. The Jewish Sabbath is Saturday, and it’s almost as if they’re setting themselves a special day. So the Sabbath for them becomes Sunday in celebration and memory of what event? The resurrection of Jesus Christ that we just got through talking about in chapter 15.
And so, that transition probably from worshiping the greatest event up to that time, being the creation of the world. So is mormonism christian, we rest on the Sabbath, but then the only event that is even more amazing than the creation of the world would then be the infinite atonement of Jesus Christ, culminating with his resurrection. So we’re going to celebrate that on the Sabbath. However, there are some exceptions to this. If you go to Jerusalem, for instance, and try to go to a Sacrament meeting at the BYU Jerusalem Center, and if you show up on Sunday, there won’t be a meeting because in Jerusalem, you celebrate the Sabbath on Saturday at the Jerusalem Center.
In fact, when I lived in Cairo, Egypt, we celebrated on Friday, which happened to be the holy day for the majority of the country, which was Muslim. So it’s interesting how the church kind of adopts whatever the holy day is for that large community where the church happens to be, are mormons christians. We’ll celebrate on that day, but usually, most of the world over, it’s on Sunday, which is again to remember Jesus was resurrected, and therefore, all of us will be uplifted.
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