And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
Jesus, teaching as part of His Gospel how to observe the Sabbath said: "The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath" (Mark 2:27-28).
Jesus said, "The sabbath was made." It is one of those things that was made. It had to have a MAKER. Who, then, made the Sabbath?
God is the Creator. But it is written in Ephesians 3:9, " ... God, who created all things by Jesus Christ." John's Gospel begins: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God ... ALL THINGS were made by HIM; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men .... And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John bare witness of him ... " (John 1:1, 3-4, 14-15).
That "Word" was CHRIST. Christ was with God the Father from eternity. Christ was God! ALL THINGS WERE MADE BY HIM -Jesus Christ! The Sabbath is one of those things that was MADE. So it was Jesus Christ who MADE the Sabbath. God made it through Jesus Christ or by Him!
Notice further: "For by him [Christ] were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible ... And he is THE HEAD OF THE BODY, THE CHURCH" (Col. 1:16, 18).
Very few realize it today - but the Sabbath was MADE BY JESUS CHRIST! No wonder, then, He said plainly that He is LORD also of the Sabbath! (Mark 2:28.)
God intended the Sabbath to be a BLESSING for mankind -- not a CURSE! And Jesus showed us by His living example, in principle, and by direct teaching, exactly HOW the Sabbath is to be kept so it can be a GREAT JOY and BLESSING to us all!
Try the Free Online Quiz "The SABBATH is the Most IMPORTANT Day!"
Does it make any difference WHICH day we observe ó or whether we keep it? Does the Bible establish SUNDAY as the LORD'S DAY? Was the Sabbath given for the Jewish people only ó while Christians are commanded to keep SUNDAY as the LORD'S DAY?
Which day did Christ and the apostles observe? Which day did Paul teach Gentile converts to observe? How did the day become changed from the seventh to the first day of the week? WE have been reared in a Sunday-observing world. Naturally, we have taken Sunday observance for granted. Naturally, the idea of a different day as the true Sabbath day strikes us as fanatical and absurd....
The 4th Commandment commands Godís people to rest from physical labor and pursuits and be spiritually rejuvenated by assembling together with other members to worship God wherever possible as also commanded by God through the apostle Paul (Exodus 20:8-11; Hebrews 10:25). It is to be observed from sunset to sunset on the 7th day of the week (Leviticus 23:32).
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