The Sabbath According to Jesus

Author: Michele at ScriptureStudy.Guide
Posted: May 15, 2022
. Updated May 27, 2022.

A wealthy Jewish man (who was familiar with the 10 commandments) asked Jesus what he must do to possess eternal life.

Jesus said “keep the commandments.”

The man asked Him, “Which?”

Jesus answered “Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”

The man said he had kept all those commandments since he was a child, so he asked what does he still lack in order to receive eternal life?

Jesus answered “If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me (Matthew 19:16-21). For those of us who are not wealthy, Jesus commanded us to die to self daily, take up our cross and follow Him (Luke 9:23).

There were 4 of the 10 commandments that Jesus did not command that we follow:

  1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
  2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.
  3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
  4. Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.

Why were these left out? Because Jesus said the FIRST commandment is “thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength” (Mark 12:30) which covers the first 4 commandments.

Jesus also told us He is Lord of the Sabbath. HE IS LORD OF THE REST WHICH IS THE HOLY SPIRIT FROM GOD. Jesus said, “I tell you that something greater than the temple is here. If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent. For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath” (Matthew 12:6-8). I know many Christians who are condemning the innocent who are their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.

Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath: which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

Colossians 2:16-17

Amazingly, there are Christians who completely discount the above verse which is denying the teachings of the entire New Testament and refusing the teachings of Jesus Christ. Worse, they consider those who get up from their recliner on a Saturday as not being of the brethren.

Jesus told us He came to FULFILL THE LAW (Matthew 5:17) for by Him, we have access by one Spirit unto the Father (Ephesians 2:18). Jesus IS the Sabbath day (and EVERY day).

You Cannot Do It Right

God’s calendar was the lunisolar calendar where Sabbaths were NOT JUST ON SATURDAY. Scripture clearly defines a pattern of Sabbaths that fall on the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th of the Biblical month; which can only happen on a lunisolar calendar. Details HERE.

Before the cross, the only access to God that was available to the people was through physical actions: Not leaving their home, not walking more than so many feet, not cooking, not picking up sticks, not causing another (man or beast) to do anything physical, the Levite priests shedding the blood of innocent animals, etc. — yet people now “observe the Saturday Sabbath” by hiking, taking long walks in nature, picking flowers, driving to church or to the park…. ALL FORBIDDEN in the old covenant observance of Shabbat. Do you believe the sacrificial lamb was the only thing done by man’s hands that ended with Jesus’ death on the cross?

Fallen man’s cursed hands and efforts CANNOT FOLLOW THE LAW (Romans 2:12). We do not know even know what day is God’s true Sabbath days. Since the cross, “it is not of him that runneth, but of God who sheweth mercy” (Romans 9:16). “If it be of works, then it is no more grace” (Romans 11:6). We now worship and serve God with our renewed hearts and Spirit-fruits.

If one cannot accept that Jesus FULFILLED the old physical rituals of the law, then they will be judged by the law which no man can measure up to (Romans 2:12). God sees our spiritual hearts which are New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:1-3).

God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.

John 4:24 (ESV)

We are indwelt with the Holy Spirit 24/7/365…. in all of my days, I am at rest in Christ Jesus who asked of the Father to send me the Comforter who will be with me forever (John 14:16). We are now in the spiritual kingdom of God every second of every day. Amen.

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

Galatians 5:1 (ESV)

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