Acts 20:7-12 (NKJV) 7 Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight. 8 There were many lamps in the upper room where they were gathered together. 9 And in a window sat a certain young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep. He was overcome by sleep; and as Paul continued speaking, he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead. 10 But Paul went down, fell on him, and embracing him said, “Do not trouble yourselves, for his life is in him.” 11 Now when he had come up, had broken bread and eaten, and talked a long while, even till daybreak, he departed. 12 And they brought the young man in alive, and they were not a little comforted.

Note that disciples came together on the first day of the week. The early church always met on the first day of the week. See this to be true also in 1 Corinthians 16:2 where Paul tells the Corinthians “On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come” (NKJV). And here in Acts 20:7, the disciples came together to celebrate the Lord’s Supper on Sunday, the first day of the week. The early church met on the first day of the week. Sunday is important because it is the day when Jesus our Lord and Savior was risen from the dead. Under the old creation the seventh day, Saturday, was the important day. The Sabbath Day, the day that God rested after having created everything. The Sabbath belongs to the old creation. On the Sabbath Day Jesus was still dead inside the tomb. On Sunday, the first day of the week, Jesus was risen. We meet on the first day of the week, Sunday, because we are now joined to a living Christ. And the Apostle Paul loved to preach about our Savior, because he truly appreciated God’s saving grace. In fact, we see that Paul preached till midnight. And the disciples listened to the Word of God and praised Him. Because they too understood the importance of what Christ has done for them. Nowadays, people get a little frustrated when a preacher goes a little overtime, for they have more important things to do. Our attention span is at best 45 minutes. After that our minds are thinking about other things, and we start to wonder when will the sermon end. At that point, we don’t take any more in, our minds tune things out. We don’t care about what is being preached. Our minds shut down and goes to sleep, so to speak. But look what happened to the young man named Eutychus. Now, it would have been tragic, if Paul did not raise this young man from the dead. The disciples were really happy that Paul raised Eutychus from the dead. And they went back inside to hear more of God’s Word. This entire scene with Eutychus is a wonderful rebuke to us. How many times do we complain if a pastor preaches longer than usual, or longer than we want? And we begin to pout in the pews. The pastor can see it on our faces, but He does not leave us to our own demise. Instead, He reenergizes our spirit with the Word of God. My friends, how much does God’s Word mean to you? How long can you listen to someone preach God’s Word? These early believers simply loved to hear the Word of God. It was all important to them. It would be wonderful, if we had the same love for God’s Word.

God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.