In volume one of Robert Murray McCheyne’s Works you can find a short treatise this 19th century Scottish pastor wrote about the Lord’s Day. It’s simply called “I Love the Lord’s Day.” The beginning of this treaties is a list of reasons to love the Lord’s Day. This is a helpful section and is full of good thoughts. Here it is (edited for length):
REASONS WHY WE LOVE THE LORD’S DAY
I. Because it is the Lord’s Day. “This is the day which the Lord hath made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24. “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day.” Rev. 1:10. It is his, by example. It is the day on which he rested from his amazing work of redemption. Just as God rested on the seventh day from all his works, wherefore God blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it — so the Lord Jesus rested on this day from all his agony, and pain, and humiliation. “There remaineth, therefore, the keeping of a Sabbath to the people of God.” Heb. 4:9. The Lord’s Day is his property. Just as the Lord’s Supper is the supper belonging to Christ. It is his table. He is the bread He is the wine. He invites the guests. He fills them with joy and with the Holy Ghost. So it is with the Lord’s Day. All days of the year are Christ’s, but he hath marked out one in seven as peculiarly his own. “He hath made it,” or marked it out. Just as he planted a garden in Eden, so he hath fenced about this day and made it his own.
This is the reason why we love it, and would keep it entire. We love everything that is Christ’s. We love his Word. It is better to us than thousands of gold and silver. “O how we love his law—it is our study all the day.” We love his House. It is our trysting-place with Christ, where he meets with us and communes with us from off the mercy-seat. We love his Table. It is his banqueting-house, where his banner over us is love—where he looses our bonds and anoints our eyes, and makes our hearts burn with holy joy. We love his people, because they are his, members of his body, washed in his blood, filled with his spirit, our brothers and sisters for eternity. And we love the Lord’s Day, because it is his. Every hour of it is dear to us—sweeter than honey, more precious than gold. It is the day he rose for our justification. It reminds us of his love, and his finished work, and his rest…
II. Because it is a relic of Paradise and type of Heaven.—The first Sabbath dawned on the bowers [garden, arbor] of a sinless Paradise. When Adam was created in the image of his Maker, he was put into the garden to dress it and to keep it. No doubt this called forth all his energies. To train the luxuriant vine, to gather the fruit of the fig-tree and palm, to conduct the water to the fruit-trees and flowers, required all his time and all his skill. Man was never made to be idle. Still, when the Sabbath Day came around, his rural implements were all laid aside; the garden no longer was his care. His calm, pure mind, looked beyond things seen into the world of eternal realities. He walked with God in the garden, seeking deeper knowledge of Jehovah and his ways, his heart burning more and more with holy love, and his lips overflowing with seraphic praise. Even in Paradise man needed a Sabbath. Without it Eden itself would have been incomplete….
III. Because it is a day of blessings.—When God instituted the Sabbath in Paradise, it is said, “God blessed the Sabbath Day, and sanctified it.” Gen. 2:3. He not only set it apart as a sacred day, but made it a day of blessing. Again, when the Lord Jesus rose from the dead on the first day of the week before dawn, he revealed himself the same day to two disciples going to Emmaus, and made their hearts burn within them. Luke 24:13. The same evening he came and stood in the midst of the disciples, and said, “Peace be to you, and he breathed on them and said, Receive the Holy Spirit.” John 20:19. Again, after eight days, that is the next Lord’s Day, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and revealed himself with unspeakable grace to unbelieving Thomas. John 20:26. It was on the Lord’s Day, also, that the Holy Spirit was poured out at Pentecost. (Acts 2:1, compare Lev. 23:15, 16.) That beginning of all spiritual blessings, that first revival of the Christian Church, was on the Lord’s Day. It was on the same day that the beloved John, an exile on the sea-girt isle of Patmos, far away from the assembly of the saints, was filled with the Holy Spirit, and received his heavenly Revelation. So that in all ages, from the beginning of the world, and in every place where there is a believer, the Sabbath has been a day of double blessing. It is so still, and will be, though all God’s enemies should gnash their teeth at it. True, God is a God of free grace, and confines his working to no time or place; but it is equally true, and all the scoffs of the infidel cannot alter it, that it pleases him to bless his word most on the Lord’s Day.
Robert Murray McCheyne, The Works of the Late Rev. Robert Murray McCheyne, vol. 1 (New York: Robert Carter, 1848), 326–327.
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