The Seventh-day Sabbath is a blessing. It is a time where God gives me permission to rest from my labor. He blessed it and it will stay blessed. If you have ever entered into God’s holy Sabbath day, you will know. If you have not, you will not. Sunday will not give you the same peace or rest. Sunday cannot take your burdens from you and give you rest. How can it? It is man-made. Under the tutelage of Constantine (a sun worshipper until his deathbed) the Council of Nicaea, the Bishops of the Catholic Church changed the day of worship from Sabbath to Sunday in 325 AD.)
So let us begin at the beginning. Genesis 2:1-3; “Thus The heavens and the earth were finished and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made: and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made and God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.” For starters, THERE WERE NO JEWS IN THE BEGINNING. Only our great grandparents; Adam and Eve. Now the Bible does not say if God gave Adam and Eve the Ten Commandments at that time. But He did give them the Sabbath.
Now, we move to Exodus 20:8-11 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.” The text says to remember the Sabbath because in six days the Lord made heaven and earth… It is a memorial to Creation. Obviously, the Jews forgot and we Christians definitely forgot after 325AD. So there is no wonder that God said remember.
People ask, “What would Jesus do?” He showed us what he would do; he kept the Sabbath holy. Matt: 12:8 Jesus said:” For the Son of man is Lord even of the Sabbath day. This implies that Jesus was our Creator and He always has been and always will be the Lord of the Sabbath. (Any Bible reader will know that this Sabbath was and is the Seventh-day Sabbath, i.e.; Saturday.) Matt: 28:1, in the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher.” Even the death of their savior was no more important than keeping His day sacred. They could have prepared his body on Friday night, but they waited until Sunday morning. They knew the blessed rest that God gives His people on His day of rest. Mark 2:27, Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath; Jesus was referring to the rigid rules that the Pharisees had placed upon God’s commandments. (An interesting note: In Moses day, the Ten Commandments that were written on stone by the finger of God were kept inside the Ark of the Covenant while all the other Jewish laws were kept on the outside. It was important to God that it be so.) John 19:31 confirms this knowledge “The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the Sabbath day, (for the Sabbath day was an high day …” The difference between the Jews and the Christian is that the Jews took God at his word. Mark 3:4, “And he (Jesus) saith unto them, is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath days, or to do evil? To save life or to kill…” And so Jesus told us to do good on the Sabbath. Go to the jails, go to the hospitals, go to the nursing homes, love people. Clean and scrub six days but bring good tidings of joy on the Sabbath. There are so many texts I cannot explain them all in one writing. I ask you to get a Strong’s Concordance and check out the Sabbath for yourself. And then check out Sunday. Look up the Council of Nicaea. Instead of guessing, look it up for yourself.
Now let us move onto Matt. 11:28-30 “Come unto me, all ye that labour, and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me: for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” This is what I was saying in the beginning. I get to keep Sabbath. I am allowed a break from every day. I am given a rest unto my soul. People who have never held the Seventh-day Sabbath as a day of rest will never know this peace, this freedom, this filling of ones soul by our Creator and our Redeemer. Give it a try. Sabbath begins on Friday night at sundown and finishes on Saturday night at sundown (as per Genesis 1).