The Scottish theologian Dr. William Blaikie said about the Sabbath: It is God’s special gift to workers. One of its chief objects is to prolong life. He called the weekly Sabbath “the savings bank of human existence.” You may not agree fully with Dr. Blaikie, but research supports the idea of reserving one day in seven to renew one’s self. At creation, before the fall, God spoke of the Sabbath as a sign of His completed work. After the fall, Sabbath rest was a goal God held out for all His creation. He gave the Sabbath to ancient Israel as a sign of His covenant with them. With that sign, God anticipated the day when His Son would provide true permanent rest—security, peace, and eternal joy for those He unites with Himself. That’s what the writer of Hebrews meant when he spoke of the Sabbath rest. In Hebrews 4:9 we read, “All who have entered into God’s rest have rested from their labors, just as God did after creating the world.” Believers in Jesus Christ are not obligated to keep the Sabbath to gain eternal life. The Apostle Paul made that clear in Colossians 2:16. Still, we honor the Lord’s Day to celebrate Christ’s resurrection from the dead. For many, it’s also a day to renew our physical, mental, and spiritual well being.
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