Why should a Christian keep the seventh-day Sabbath when Jesus canceled the law?

Christians should keep the seventh-day Sabbath for the following Bible reasons:

1-Some say the Sabbath was given only for the Jews. But the Bible clearly states that the Sabbath was instituted about 2500 years before the Jews. The Sabbath was given at very beginning at creation “And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made” (Genesis 2:2-3).

2- Christ clearly taught that “the sabbath was made for man” (Mark 2:27).

3- The fact is that two beautiful, original institutions were set up by God Himself before sin ever came into the world – marriage and the Sabbath. Both were made for man, both received the special blessing of the Creator and both continue to be just as holy now as when they were sanctified in the Garden of Eden.

4-Jesus said, “Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath” (Mark 2:28); In Isaiah God is quoted as saying, “The sabbath, my holy day” (Isaiah 58:13).

5-The only document on Earth that was written by the finger of God is the Ten Commandments. The fourth commandment states: “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it” (Exodus 20:8-11)

6-Some claim that Jesus abolished the Law. But Jesus answers, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled” (Matthew 5:17-18).

7-It was Jesus custom to keep the Sabbath “And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read” (Luke 4:16).

8- When Jesus prophesied about events that would take place forty years after His death (A.D. 70, the destruction of Jerusalem), He underscored the fact that His followers would still be observing His sacred weekly Sabbath day “But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day” (Matthew 24:20).

9- Christ’s disciples kept the Sabbath after the Crucifixion and the Resurrection: “And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.”, “But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down.”, “And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath. …And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.”, “And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither.”, “Then Paul, as his custom was, went in to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures…” “And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.” (Luke 23:56; Acts 13:14, 42-44; 16:13; 17:2; 18:4). There’s no mention in the New Testament (written up to sixty years after Christ’s death) of changing or canceling the seventh-day Sabbath.

10- Paul in his letters did away with the Mosaic Laws with its yearly sabbath feasts (Colossians 2:16; Ephesians 2:15; Galatians 4:9, 20), while the weekly Sabbath of Creation remains (Hebrews 4:4, 9, 10). The yearly sabbaths refer only to the sabbaths which were “a shadow of things to come” and not to the seventh-day Sabbath. There were seven yearly holy days, or holidays, in ancient Israel which were also called sabbaths. These were in addition to, or “beside the sabbaths of the Lord” (Leviticus 23:38), or seventh-day Sabbath. These all foreshadowed, or pointed to, the cross and ended at the cross. God’s seventh-day Sabbath was made before sin entered, and therefore could foreshadow nothing about deliverance from sin. That’s why Colossians chapter 2 differentiates and specifically mentions the sabbaths that were “a shadow.” These seven yearly sabbaths which were abolished are listed in Leviticus chapter 23.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team


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