The Law was made to condemn unbelievers. But as Christians we know that we are not under law but now under grace.
So we know that we are not saved by keeping the ten commandments.
But many Christians still try to relate to God based on the Law, especially trying to keep the Sabbath.
But the Biblical Sabbath was meant to be observed from Friday evening to Saturday evening with absolutely no work being performed otherwise they would be stoned to death.
Exodus 31 “13 “Speak also to the children of Israel, saying, ‘Most certainly you shall keep my Sabbaths; for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am Yahweh who sanctifies you. 14 You shall keep the Sabbath therefore, for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.”
So if believers want to really keep the Sabbath, first of all – you need to go back under the Law. Then if you break the Sabbath even once then you need to receive the punishment as well.
So if we say we are keeping the Sabbath but checking Email or watering any plants, then we broke the Law!
But thank God that we believers are not under the Law.
Romans 6 “14 For sin will not have dominion over you. For you are not under law, but under grace.”
Romans 10 NIV “4 Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.”
Jesus fulfilled the law on the cross for believers so that we don’t need to get circumcised, we don’t need to keep the Sabbath or any feasts, we don’t need to avoid pork or shellfish! Thank you Jesus!
The reason we are forgiven all sin and made righteous is because Jesus fulfilled the law on the cross for believers! The law condemns unbelievers today but the believer is not condemned because we are no longer under the law.
Colossians 2 “13 You were dead through your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh. He made you alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 wiping out the handwriting in ordinances which was against us. He has taken it out of the way, nailing it to the cross. ….. 16 Let no one therefore judge you in eating, or in drinking, or with respect to a feast day or a new moon or a Sabbath day, 17 which are a shadow of the things to come; but the body is Christ’s.“
Thank God that Jesus became a curse on the cross to save us from all curses of keeping the law! The believer is not under the curse of the Law but the unbeliever is under the Law and it’s demands that bring wrath.
Galatians 3 ” 10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse. For it is written, “Cursed is everyone who doesn’t continue in all things that are written in the book of the law, to do them.” 11 Now that no man is justified by the law before God is evident, for, “The righteous will live by faith.” 12 The law is not of faith, but, “The man who does them will live by them.” 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us. For it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree,” 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.“
Some Christians believe that Sunday has replaced the Sabbath.
But there is no such thing in scripture. God did not replace the Law of Moses with more laws!
We attend Church (remotely or in-person) on Sunday because it is the LORD’s day when He rose from the dead. It has nothing to do with the Jewish Sabbath.
But there is no such rule of only having Church on Sundays, because we can relate to God and fellow believers on any day of the week!
Romans 14 “5 One man esteems one day as more important. Another esteems every day alike. Let each man be fully assured in his own mind. 6 He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it.”
They quote this verse to condemn those who don’t attend Church regularly or have stopped.
Hebrews 10:25 “25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom of some is, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”
But there is no condemnation in Christ. He is not tied to a building or day of week. He lives in us and we can fellowship over Email, phone, social-media and not just sitting in a building or watching a service. We are the body of Christ – because He lives in us and not in buildings.
What is the true meaning of Sabbath – it means that God is at REST.
Hebrews 4 “9 There remains therefore a Sabbath rest for the people of God. 10 For he who has entered into his rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from his…..14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
What is the meaning of entering into God’s rest? It does not mean that we add more religious rules of avoiding shopping or going to Church on Sundays!
It simply means to TRUST in JESUS – to have FAITH in Christ.
The writer of Hebrews was telling the Jews about this “Sabbath rest”. Now imagine if this was specifically about “keeping the Sabbath” then it made no sense because the Jews were already very zealous for the Law keeping the Sabbath.
No, the true meaning of the Sabbath is to REST in Christ by FAITH….resting from our works of the law and believing in Jesus to receive acceptance and salvation.
The Old Sabbath of the old testament was about God’s rest after creating the world.
The New Sabbath of the new covenant is about Christ finishing the work in making us NEW CREATIONS in Him, forgiven all sins!
John 19 “30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head, and gave up his spirit.”
The true Sabbath is Christ Himself because HE FINISHED THE WORK in forgiving our past, present and future sins & making us PERFECT once and for all on the CROSS.
Hebrews 10 NIV “9 Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first (covenant) to establish the second (covenant). 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. 14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy…..17 Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” 18 And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.
He is the one who gives us REST from all our labors!
Matthew 11 “28 “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.””
The Sabbath is not a day of the week – it is a PERSON – it is the LORD JESUS Christ – He is our Righteousness – He is our RESTING PLACE – He is our Salvation in whom we find rest from all the labors of keeping the laws of religion.
We rest in Christ as believers, because He has forgiven us past, present and future sins and made us righteous without works. We rest because He did all the work that we could never do.