Did you ever stop to think why Christians keep Sunday? Did they
get it from the Bible? Is there a clear-cut command that says,
"Thou shalt keep Sunday?" Why did Jesus worship on Saturday? Was
it only because He was a good Jew? Or does it go beyond that?
Does it make any difference which day we observe, as long as we
keep one day in seven? What does the Bible actually say? "And on
the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He
rested on the seventh day....Then God blessed the seventh day
and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all the work He
had created and made" (Gen. 2:2- 3).
hich day is the Christian Sabbath? Go grab a calendar.
See which day is the seventh day and then you'll know the
biblical Sabbath. And remember, GOD GAVE MANKIND the gift of the
Sabbath from creation. Adam and Eve weren't Jewish! And yet God
expected them to remember the seventh day Sabbath as a memorial
When we assemble on our God-given Sabbath, we know we're
worshipping the King of Creation. Any other "sabbath" is simply
man-made. The Great Creator God only blessed the seventh day
with His Presence, and therefore set it apart as special. We
shouldn't accept any cheap imitations or substitutes, whether
it's the Muslim Friday or traditional Sunday.
Since mankind lost or neglected the truth about God's Sabbath,
the Creator chose to reveal it again when He was in the process
of making Israel into His Servant-Nation. God instructed them,
in order that they could teach others: "Remember the Sabbath day
to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work,
but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it
you shall do no work.... For in six days the LORD made the
heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and
rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath
day and hallowed it" (Ex. 20:8-11).
Notice: God claims the Sabbath as His. He doesn't refer to it as
the "Jewish Sabbath." Though it became known as that to
distinguish it from the various pagan days of worship (Ga.
4:10). "The Lord's day" was meant for all mankind to enjoy and
appreciate (Matt. 12:8; Isa. 56:6). And the early Church,
composed of both Jews and Gentiles, did celebrate the proper
Sabbath together for over THREE HUNDRED YEARS! That's longer
than the U.S. has known independence.
When God restored the Sabbath to Israel, it was the same
seventh day Sabbath instituted at Creation. It wasn't
changed to a different day. And its purpose remained the same:
to reveal the CREATOR and commemorate His majestic works of art.
Jesus honored His Father by keeping God's commandments. The
fourth commandment is to remember the Sabbath day. Christ didn't
forget the importance of attending Sabbath services (Luke 4:16)
- NEVER ON A SUNDAY- and the apostle Paul encourages us to avoid
the habit of skipping Church services (Heb. 10:25). After all,
it is a commanded assembly (Lev. 23:3) that offers us a chance
to better understand the Scriptures (Acts 19:8). Why miss out?
As well as reminding us of God's awesome ability, the Sabbath is
a memorial of Israel's deliverance from Egypt (Deut. 5:15). It
also foreshadows our future redemption from European tyranny and
portrays our ongoing deliverance from sin (Isa. 14:3; Ga. 5:1).
The plagues God sent against Egypt identified Him as the Creator
God: the One who could control the forces of nature and
intervene in the affairs of nations. When God pours out the
seven last plagues on Europe's Babylonish system, bringing it to
its knees, it'll reveal Him alone as the Most High God and Holy
Father (Dan. 2:44; Rev. 14:7).
The Sabbath day, a memorial of creation and Israel's liberation,
reminds us relief from sin is coming. We'll finally be able to
rest from temptation and enjoy righteousness (II Pet. 3:13).
When we're truly born again we'll be free from sin; it'll be a
thing of the past (I Jn. 3:9). This serenity awaits us in the
Promised Land of God's Kingdom (Heb. 4:1- 11). God is
reproducing Himself - Christ in us - and will add the "finishing
touch" at our resurrection (Rom. 8:21-23). We are God-Beings in the making!
Jesus cut through all the red tape of entangling human
traditions, and kept the Sabbath day as God intended (Mark 7:7).
Yet it was prophesied that some would tamper with how and when
we're to observe God's Sabbath day, and forcibly attempt to
replace it with their own (Dan. 7:25; Rev. 17:5).
This Sabbath question is destined to become a bloody issue
again (Rev. 13:17; 14:13). But for those who really want to know
the truth, God's entrusted the Jews to keep the knowledge of the
true Sabbath day (Rom. 9:4). And the Jews don't worship on
Sunday! They follow the biblical practice of celebrating the
Sabbath: from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset. God even
pronounces a blessing on everyone who's properly keeping the
Sabbath just before Christ's return, despite political pressure
to do otherwise (Isa. 56:1-2).
Why not take time out to get to know God? Although He enjoys our
contact daily, God's set aside every seventh day as a special
opportunity to learn more about Him and life. Don't settle for
counterfeits or attempt to adopt days copied from others (Deut.
God's reserved the Sabbath day for His People. It was a
regular part of Jesus' life and the early Church's custom. In
fact, all the righteous priests and prophets, patriarchs and
kings, throughout biblical history, have kept God's holy
Sabbath. Why not follow their example? Don't forget!