Both A Gift And A Commandment

November 29, 2012

“One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God.” – Romans 14:5-6 NIV

The debate seems to continue: Why do most Christians celebrate the Sabbath on Sunday? The number one reason we worship on Sunday is it is the day of the resurrection. The resurrection of Jesus Christ was the most important event in all of history. Nothing else compares to that. And yet, Sunday is not technically called the Sabbath. It is the Lord’s Day, the day of His resurrection.

Certainly then, the Sabbath, being Saturday, how do we make sense of that?

  1. The Sabbath was given to man for a day of rest after 6 days of hard work. God set the example (Genesis 2:1-3). It is not the first day, but the last day of the week.
  2. So, is the Sabbath just an Old Testament concept? Isn’t it one of the Ten Commandments? It certainly is. We all need a Sabbath – a day of abstaining from our regular jobs to rest. But what we understand in the New Covenant is that the Sabbath no longer has to be associated with any one day, such as Saturday. We can decide what is best when it comes to our day of rest.

But never forget this: the Sabbath is both a gift and a commandment. While we are given the choice of which day is our Sabbath, we all need the day of rest and worship. When we do, we are blessed for it.