So, what should we do about the Sabbath mentioned in scripture? How ought we handle it as members of the New Covenant?
The following are two bible passages that can inform our thinking:
Romans 14:5-6, "One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks."
Colossians 2:16-17, "So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ."
We can learn a few important things about the Sabbath which should help us make solid decisions about it:
- Followers of Christ will have different but valid views about the Sabbath.
- We must each be convinced about the significance of the Sabbath and then act on what we believe.
- Let us do whatever we do to please the Lord.
- The Sabbath is similar to other ceremonial aspects of O.T. law.
- The ceremonial aspects are shadows of Jesus Christ. Christ has fulfilled them all.
- We should not be judged by others or judge others about the Sabbath.
What then is the application for us today? I can see four key things:
1. We have freedom regarding the Sabbath (and let's be honest; none of us keeps the Sabbath from Friday evening to Saturday evening anyway).
2. We should not judge anyone else or be judged by anyone else if we differ in beliefs regarding the Sabbath.
3. Jesus Christ is our Sabbath rest.
4. Let us do all to please Christ.