8 "Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
27 Then he said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28 So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath."
There is much controversy concerning the Sabbath.
1. Should Christians even care about keeping the Sabbath? Are we under the Law?
2. If I do keep the Sabbath, how strict should I be? A.B. Simpson's father beat his children for laughing on the Sabbath, but he would wait until Monday to do it.
3. If I do keep the Sabbath, is it Saturday or Sunday?
Mark 2:28 says that Jesus Christ is the Lord of the Sabbath. 'So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath'. He is Boss. He is King. Let's see what He tells us about the Sabbath.
1. Jesus Christ created the Sabbath.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being."
Mark 2:27 says the Sabbath was created for us. "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath." Note that in creation, we were created before the Sabbath.
Why did He create the Sabbath? Was the God of the Universe tired? No! It is to be a day of rest for us, and a day to honor God.
He cared about our bodies, and He cared about our soul.
Most people like having the day of rest (though there are some workaholics).
But many people balk at making it a day to honor God.
Again, what did Jesus do, since He is Lord of the Sabbath?
2. Jesus was in the Temple or a synagogue on the Sabbath to worship and to teach.
When He was 12, His family searched for Him for days until they found Him in the temple. He said, "Didn't you know that I had to be in My Father's House."
The Lord wants us in church. To Worship Him. To sing His praises. To grow in His Word. To pray together. To encourage one another.
"Let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another and all the more, as you see the day drawing near.
It is for our good. It helps us to grow and be strong spiritually.
But did Jesus ever criticize anyone for laughing on the Sabbath? No. In fact, He did not criticize His disciples for picking grain to eat on the Sabbath. "The Sabbath is made for man, and not man for the Sabbath." He healed on the Sabbath. The person is more important than the Sabbath.
Note what Jesus did, and what He didn't do.
3. Jesus switched the Sabbath for the Christian to Sunday.
His resurrection was on Sunday.
Many of his post-resurrection appearances to the Disciples were on Sunday.
The fullness of the Holy Spirit, and the beginning of the church came on a Sunday, at the feast of Pentecost.
The early church picked up on this and worshipped on Sunday.
"And on the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul began talking to them, intending to depart the next day, and he prolonged his message until midnight."
Paul told Corinthians to bring offerings to the Lord on the first day of week.
1 Corinthians 16:2
2 On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.
The Sabbath was made for us. We should honor God as He intends. These aren't called "The Ten Suggestions."
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