Eventually, the Pharisees created a legalistic, burdensome Sabbath practice, and Christ rebuked them saying the Sabbath was made for man’s rest and benefit (Mark 2:27).
The Sabbath Commandment is the only command not restated in the New Testament. Some believe it’s omitted because every day is a Sabbath to the Christian who no longer “works” for salvation but rests in the finished work of Christ (Hebrews 4).
Christians have different views regarding this command,* but we can all agree on this:
- Although we can rest in Christ's love daily, we also need a day each week to rest for physical and spiritual reasons.
- We all enjoy a celebration and that's what the Lord’s Day should be--a celebration of God's love, not a legalistic burden.
© copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2011
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* Scripture warns us not to judge fellow believers for differing views about Sabbath observance (Colossians 2:16)
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