Last night I was reading about the Sabbath regulation in Exodus chapter 35. After I read the few verses on Sabbath, I decided to sit and think about Sabbath and what it means to me.
God rested on the seventh day when he created the world and so should we. One of the commandments is that we should keep the Sabbath holy. I think this is more than just going to church on Sunday. After reading this article on the Desiring God website I think Sunday, or the day you take as your Sabbath should be set aside for God, as well as for resting from all work. By all work I mean everything you consider as work, not just what you do as you day job. I’ve made a decision that on a Sunday I won’t clean up as a part of my sabbath.
The other thing that stuck me about the Sabbath was that Jesus is our resting place. Christians today can rest in Jesus. We don’t have to work for our salvation or strive to be accepted. We already are accepted by him. We are already saved and made clean by what Jesus did on the cross. In the Old Testament times Gods people had to take a goat or bird to be sacrificed so they could be made clean from their sins. I’m really glad that we don’t have to do this anymore and that Jesus came and died for our sins. There’s so much relief in knowing that we don’t have to do anything to be accepted by Jesus. We can rest in this truth – it’s kind of like Jesus is our Sabbath rest. He brings us freedom from working out out salvation, he brings joy and refreshment to us. We just need to step into that place on rest with him and allow him to be our resting place.
I thought this was a pretty nice revelation so I thought I would share it.