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Christ’s Relation to the Sabbath

Not only did Jesus establish the seventh-day Sabbath during the first week of creation, but He observed it throughout His earthly ministry. This is not surprising, for Paul declares Him to be “the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” (Hebrews 13:8.) He was called “Lord also of the sabbath.” (Mark 2:28.)

“If ye love me,” Jesus said, “keep my commandments.” (John 14:15.) One of those commands reads, “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.” Exodus 20:8-10.

Jesus also lived what He taught. He “came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days.” (Luke 4:31.) Again, “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.

Worshiping on the Sabbath was a regular custom with the Saviour. In precept and example He placed His seal of approval upon the Sabbath observance, “leaving….and example, that ye should follow his steps.” (I Peter 2:21.)

Even in death the Saviour rested upon “the sabbath day according to the commandment.” (Luke 23:56.) All of us know that Christ rose from the dead on the first day of the week-“Easter” Sunday. Jesus rested in the tomb on the day before Sunday – “the sabbath day according to the commandment”- commonly known today as Saturday. The Sabbath Christ kept during His earthly ministry has never lost its weekly identity through the centuries. That Jews still keep it on Saturday proves that it has never been misplaced in the order of the week days.

It is a blessed experience to follow Jesus.

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