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Sabbath Observance Among the Disciples

After the Lord of the Sabbath laid down His life and was resting in the tomb, what did His disciples – those who were nearest to Him in His life of labor for others-do during the hours of the sabbath following the crucifixion? Luke recorded part of the answer to this question.

“It was Friday, and the Sabbath was about to begin. The women who had accompanied him from Galilee followed; they took note of the tomb and observed how his body was laid. Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes; and on the Sabbath they rested in obedience to the commandment. But on the Sunday morning very early they came to the tomb bringing the spices they had prepared.” Luke 23:54-56; 24:1, New English Bible. Following the example of Christ, they “rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.”

But when Jesus returned to heaven after finishing His earthly ministry, and the years passed, did His followers observe the Sabbath? Fourteen years after the resurrection, Paul was preaching in the synagogues on the seventh-day Sabbath as his Master had done before him. (Acts 13:42-44.) “Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures.” Acts 17:2. “He reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath.” “And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.” Acts 18:4,11. Thus we have a record of nearly eighty Sabbaths which Paul kept many years after the Savior’s resurrection.

Sixty years after Christ’s ascension John the beloved spoke of the “Lord’s day.” (Revelation 1:10.) Which day is the Lord’s day in Scripture? In Mark 2:28 Jesus is called “Lord also of the sabbath,” and Isaiah termed the Sabbath God’s “holy day” (Isaiah 58:13).

Such followers of Jesus as Paul and others knew only one rest day, the seventh day Sabbath embodied in the Ten Commandment law of God.

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