What has been your understanding of the Sabbath as described in the Bible? Do you know the true meaning?
And He said to them, “The Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.”-Luke 6:5 NKJV
Many people have argued about the Sabbath day. Some people think that the Sabbath is supposed to be on Saturday, others also think it should be on Sunday. These people try to support their views with quotations and other researches that they have made —about the original day of Sabbath.
Far from all those arguments, God didn’t establish the Sabbath in order for it to be continuously observed as many people do today. God gave the Sabbath to demonstrate His salvation. The Sabbath day observed by the Israelites was meant to symbolise the perfect salvation of God to mankind —knowing that the law was a shadow of good things to come. He wanted to explain what He Himself has done. Therefore, at this time of Christ, the Sabbath is not about Sunday or Saturday.
In Luke chapter 6, the Pharisees were consistently judging whatever Jesus did on the Sabbath. They even complained when Jesus healed someone on the Sabbath day. But Jesus told them that He is the Lord of the Sabbath.
Now, the true meaning of the Sabbath is “REST”. Another truth is that “the Sabbath is the longest day that God created” —the Sabbath has no end. It is everlasting. The Bible said after God created everything within the six days He rested on the seventh day. This means that from the seventh day, God continued to rest endlessly because He has finished every work.
And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. Genesis 2:2-3
The Bible didn’t say God continued his work again in the following week (thus, the 8th day) after the rest. His rest didn’t have any end. Someone may ask, “Eben, how can you make such conclusions?” Now, I want you to confirm what I’m about to say from the Bible by yourself.
When you read the report about the creation of the earth from Genesis 1:2—31 and 2:1—3, the Bible used the statement “So the evening and the morning were the… 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th days”. Among all the seven days we know, the first six days that God used to create the world, were described with “evening and morning”. But surprisingly, the “7th day” was never described with a “morning and evening”.
God used six days to create the world and everything in it, but on the seventh day He rested from all His works. God’s command for the observation of the Sabbath was not about Saturday or Sunday church service attendance, but it was in respect to His own PROMISE of rest. So Paul said…
Therefore, since a promise remains of entering HIS REST, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with FAITH in those who heard it. For we who have BELIEVED do ENTER THAT REST, as He has said: “So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest,’ ” although THE WORKS WERE FINISHED FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD. Hebrews 4:1-3 NKJV
Did you see that? God finished the works since the FOUNDATION of the world. What we must know is that, the world we are living in has already been run by God. He knows the end from the beginning of this earth. Whatever we are experiencing is just a playback.
The salvation we have in Christ now is the rest that God promised. Our salvation from sin is the true Sabbath. God wants us to come into His rest in Christ. He wants us to rest from all efforts of trying to be righteous BY OUR WORKS —just like God Himself rested.
For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day FROM ALL HIS WORKS”; and again in this place: “They shall not enter My rest.” For he who has entered His rest has himself ALSO CEASED FROM HIS WORKS as God did from His. Hebrews 4:4-5, 10 NKJV_
All those who truly entered His rest no longer work for their righteousness. When you enter God’s rest, you also cease from your own works for righteousness just as God rested. You can’t be in the rest of Christ and still be working for your own righteousness. I could continue to explain and explain this but space wouldn’t permit me. I pray that anyone who finds truth in this message would seek to know the entire truth about righteousness and salvation. Hallelujah!
Just like the 7th day which is eternal (has no evening and morning like the other 6 days), God’s salvation is eternal to everyone who believes. Brethren, Christ is calling you to bring your burden to him. He said…Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you REST. Matthew 11:28