Dear Sabbath Seekers,
I recently saw a question on a chat board asking if Sabbath keeping was considered a sin for Christians. After doing a double take and verifying that it said what I thought it said, I paused to consider what could make someone think that.
Did they feel that because Jesus said Sabbath was made for man and not man for Sabbath that somehow it was not necessary? I don’t think Jesus words seem to negate the need for a Sabbath. He is just taking the legalism out of it.
Or, did this person feel that Sunday as the Lord’s Day had co-opted the need for Sabbath keeping? Perhaps…
Historically at the outset of Christianity, both Saturday, as Sabbath, and Sunday, as the Lord’s Day of Resurrection were observed. Eventually, Christians dropped the Saturday Sabbath and focused on Sunday as the day to worship and rest.
So perhaps in a literal sense his question has merit. However, in the spirit of the fourth commandment, the need for rest and God’s giving it to us as a command and a gift still holds true. The spirit of this law is not about the legalisms that have grown up around the Sabbath such as no reading, playing or enjoying yourself. The Spirit of this command offers us a life-giving pause, time to rest, reconnect with God and loved ones, be healed of our busyness and to give thanks for the bounty and beauty of life that God has shared with us.
I don’t see how that could ever become a sin.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3.16-17