Today, is the Sabbath Day Rest in Jesus Christ
“Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and they to whom it was first preached did not enter due to unbelief, again He establishes a certain day, ‘Today’, saying through David, after so long a time, as it has been said: “Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.” Hebrews 4: 6-7
The Sabbath Day Law
Jews, Muslims, and certain Christian churches believe in keeping the Sabbath Day (Saturday) as a day dedicated to God.
“On the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.” Genesis 2: 2. From dust you were born and to dust you shall return Genesis 3: 19.
The rest of the seventh day is God’s sign of completion. Therefore, nothing further needed to be done as He created everything perfectly according to His word.
The earth is subject to Gods laws;
The law of growth/life
The law of gravity
The law of cause and effect
The law of death
It was God who placed humans in the Garden of Eden, blessed them, and warned them not to eat the forbidden fruit. His creations are perfect, and all He asks from them is obedience. In punishment for their disobedience and sin of taking the forbidden fruit, He cursed the ground and made them work for their atonement. Moses was given the laws by God, and one of those laws was to honor Him on the seventh day.
It was prohibited for Israelites to work on the Sabbath in ancient times. It was a commandment to rest. Under the law, the Sabbath day was a day when people had to set their minds and their focus on God. They were cursed with arduous work under the law, and God needed to remind them of what they were working towards.
“Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God.” Exodus 20: 8-10
The Law of Sabbaths
The law of the Sabbath was meant for man, the earth, and animals. God rested on the seventh day, so we take time off to refresh ourselves from work. For all generations, the Sabbath rest is a reminder not to overwork yourself or others.
“For six days you are to do your work, but on the seventh day you must cease, so that your ox and your donkey may rest, and the son of your female servant and the foreigner may refresh themselves.” Exodus 23: 12.
“Keep the Sabbath day, to keep it holy; just as the Lord your God has commanded you.” - Deuteronomy 5: 12.
The Israelites who were led through the desert by Moses could not enter God’s rest because of their unbelief and disobedience (Hebrews 3: 16-19). Before Jesus, all men were subjected and commanded to uphold the law, including the Sabbath day.
The Spiritual Sabbath Rest
Sabbath made for mankind
“Then He said to them. The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.” Mark 2: 27-28.
Because of sin and disobedience, God had to impose laborious and rigid laws for man to work for his penance. Jesus broke the chains of bondage of these laws and the power of sin and death for all humanity.
The Greatest Commandment
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” - Matthew 22: 37 - 40
Jesus makes it so much easier for us to enjoy life on earth since God does not require works of penance, but that we believe in His Son whom He sent and to love one another as Jesus loves us.
“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. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew11: 29-30
The law of the prophets was lengthy and cumbersome, and the people found it impossible to uphold. The disobedient and lawbreakers of the commandments were subject to the curses Moses warned the people would come upon them (Deuteronomy 28: 15). Therefore, regular sacrifices had to be made through the shedding of animal blood by the priests for the atonement of sins.
Since Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath, He promises that His yoke is easy where we will find rest for our souls in Him. It is for this reason Jesus became the last blood sacrifice, to end the law of fleshly sacrificial worship. The spiritual Sabbath rest is based on faith in the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.
Finally, read Colossians 2 verse 16-17
Therefore let no one judge you regarding food, or drink, or in respect of a holy day or new moon or sabbath days. These are shadows of things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.