Generations ago, Sunday was almost universally regarded as a day to worship God. But in recent years, many people bypass Sunday worship in favor of doing other fun activities. To them Sunday is “fun day.” While Jesus was here on earth, the Sabbath was highly regarded, so highly esteemed the religious leaders prohibited people from doing even good things on that day. Healing on the Sabbath was considered a violation of God’s command to keep the day holy. But we see from Matthew CH. 12 that Jesus corrected this faulty interpretation. He said, “If you had a sheep that fell into a well on the Sabbath, wouldn’t you work to pull it out? Of course, you would. And how much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Yes, the law permits a person to do good on the Sabbath.” Reserving one day in seven for rest is God’s provision to give us a break from work so we can refresh and renew ourselves. Since our Lord arose from the dead on Sunday, most Christians set aside that day to worship God, and to renew themselves physically, mentally, and spiritually. But we know from Jesus teaching and example that it is also a day to do good for others who are in need.

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