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Jesus becomes our Sabbath

It is difficult for Christians to accept that the fight is already over...we have rest in Christ
It is difficult for Christians to accept that the fight is already over...we have rest in Christ

Wrestling with the spiritual issues can be unsettling for both new converts and even old regarding correctly practicing one’s faith. There is an authentic ongoing desire to not offend God or to make a mockery of the sacrifice of Christ.

One of the challenging conditions declared in the Old Testament under the old dispensation of the law was to “remember the Sabbath to keep it holy”. Those that study the word know that much of the Old Testament is a shadow of things to come in terms of truth and salvation.

“For the letter of the law killeth, but the spirit giveth life” almost seems to be a contradiction since the law ultimately would condemn anyone to death for failure to follow in a bitter truth disclosed by 2 Corinthians 3:6. The Ten Commandment established a moral code, however with the knowledge of the law comes the knowledge of sin.

Since God has a “zero tolerance” for sin and Jesus established a tremendous application by declaring “if you have broken one law, you have broken them all”, it becomes devastatingly apparent that the no escape factor would consume anyone under “the wages of sin is death”.

This bitter reality of even keeping the Sabbath in order to keep it holy plagues those attempting to establish a particular day,“Sunday”, or “Saturday” which means “sabbath”.

Jesus illuminated a particular order for the Sabbath when He made a declaration in Mark 2:27, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.”

The Pharisees missed the point of the Sabbath since they were constantly criticizing the followers of Jesus and Jesus Himself for doing what they deemed was work on the Sabbath. These Pharisees were “straining at a gnat and swallowed a camel” by attempting to use points of the law to lord over the people.

Even today taking on extraordinary efforts to not do any work on the Sabbath misses the point of the Sabbath. It becomes a task itself to avoid work and a burden on any individual by going to preposterous extremes not to do anything. The Pharisees had no issue plotting the murder of Jesus on the Sabbath, but Jesus healing on the Sabbath? Now that was an outrage.

One of the most liberating things established by Christ in the Bible is “you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free” in John 8:32. The truth will set the person in bondage free from anything artificial, and we aren’t talking merely of things physical. There is a spiritual release that also takes place when a dark lie is exposed to the light of the truth.

Jesus declared in Matthew 11: 28-29, “come unto Me all of you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you , and learn of Me: for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is east, and My burden is light”.

Concerning what day to worship and honor God becomes irrelevant when one realizes the beauty of what Jesus stipulated in Matthew 11: 28-29. The Bible tells that esteeming one day above another should be established in one’s own mind since a complete standard of righteousness is not determined by what day one chooses to worship God.

Jesus said, “I have not come to abolish the law, but to fulfill”. Clearly there is much established with the Old Testament being the New Testament hidden, and the New Testament being the Old Testament revealed through what Jesus did to compete the law as promised through prophets of old.

On the cross Jesus declared, “it is finished (complete)…”

Jesus became our ultimate Sabbath.

The massively thick Temple curtain being torn from top to bottom signified that the separation between God and man had been reconciled through Jesus Christ. No longer was it necessary for Temple high priest to enter the holy of holies once a year to make intercession for the people. A more perfect process and High Priest was established.

The struggle to have rest has been eternally settled.

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