What Day Is God’s Sabbath?
It is easy to find the Bible Sabbath in God’s word. By observing the Sabbath, we recognize God as the living God, the creator of heaven and earth. One day in seven in which we can rest from our labors and spend time with Him.
“I was in the spirit on the Lord’s Day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet.” (Revelation 1:10) In this verse we find that the Lord has a day. But, we are not told which day of the week is the Lord’s Day in this verse. The Bible reveals which day is the Lord’s Day.
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day; wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.” (Exodus 20:8-11) These verses begin with “Remember”. Jesus is telling us to “Remember” His day and not to forget it. Apparently, He knew there would be a time when people would forget which day is the Lord’s Day. He is calling the world back to that day by saying, “Remember”. He not only tells us to “Remember” the Sabbath Day, but to keep it “holy”. He, also, tells us to “rest” on that day, because He rested on that day. The seventh day, Saturday, is the only day in the Bible that the Lord blessed and made holy. He set it apart as a special day for all mankind. The first day of the week, Sunday, is mentioned a number of times in the Bible. But, our Lord never called the first day of the week the Sabbath, and He never blessed the day nor made it holy.
“And he said unto them, 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) The Seventh Day Sabbath was made for all mankind, not just for the Jews but for all mankind. It was made for us as a day in which we worship the one who created this world and as a day of rest. God instituted the Sabbath at the end of the creation week. “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 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.” (Genesis 2:1-3) The Sabbath came into being hundreds of years before Abraham, the father of the Jewish race. In the above verses we find that Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath. So, the Sabbath or the seventh day is the Lord’s Day.
“In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher.” (Matthew 28:1) The Sabbath is the day before the first day of the week. All Christians know that Jesus was crucified on Friday or on the Jewish day of preparation. We Christians call that day “Good Friday”. We, also, know that Jesus rose from the grave on the first day of the week. We call that day “Easter Sunday”. So, if the Sabbath comes between “Good Friday”, the sixth day of the week, and “Easter Sunday”, the first day of the week, it must be Saturday, the seventh day of the week.
“This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulcher that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid. And that day was the preparation, and the Sabbath drew on. And the women, also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulcher, and how his body was laid. And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment. Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulcher, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher. And they entered in and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.”(Luke 23:52-56 and Luke 24:1-3)
Jesus was crucified on “Good Friday”. The Jews called Friday of each week the day of preparation. It was the day in which they prepared for the Sabbath. Jesus was crucified on the day of preparation, “and the Sabbath drew on”. In was yet to come. In the above texts we, also, find that the disciples of Jesus were still keeping the Sabbath holy according to the commandment. The women went to the sepulcher on “Good Friday” along with Joseph and beheld the body of Jesus and how it was laid, and then went home and prepared the spices and ointments that same day, “Good Friday”. The next day was the Sabbath, and the women rested on that day according to the commandment. Upon the first day of the week, “Easter Sunday Morning”, the women went to the sepulcher bringing the spices with them, but they could not find the body of Jesus because He had risen. If Jesus changed the Sabbath from Saturday, the seventh day of the week, to Sunday, the first day of the week, before His death on the cross, then why didn’t these women know about it? Jesus walked on this earth for 40 days, (Acts 1:3) after He rose from the grave and saw around 500 people (I Corinthians 15:6). During those 40 days, He never told the people that the Sabbath had been changed from Saturday to Sunday in honor of His resurrection. He never told them that the Sabbath was nailed to the cross or done away with. In fact, Jesus was crucified on “Good Friday”, rested the Sabbath Day, Saturday, in the tomb, and rose from the grave “Easter Sunday Morning”. He kept the Sabbath according to the commandment even at the time of His death.
“And when the Sabbath was past Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had brought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. And very early in the morning, the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulcher at the rising of the sun.” (Mark 16:1, 2) In this passage the women waited until the Sabbath was over, and then they went to the tomb very early “Easter Sunday Morning”, the first day of the week, to anoint the body of Jesus.
The fourth commandment reminding us to keep the Seventh Day Sabbath, Saturday, holy is in the middle of God’s Ten Commandments. Keeping God’s Ten Commandments will never save us. The blood of Jesus saves us. We cannot work our way into the Kingdom of God. We are saved by His grace. Eternal life is a free gift to every person on this earth. We keep the Ten Commandments because we are saved, not in order to be saved. Obedience to God is an expression of our love for God. We keep the Ten Commandments because we love Jesus and our fellowmen. The first four of the Ten Commandments have to do with our love and devotion towards God. The last six of the Ten Commandments have to do with our love and respect for each person on this earth. God’s Ten Commandments are found in Exodus 20:3-17.
It is true that we cannot gain entrance into the Kingdom of God by keeping the Ten Commandments; but if we don’t keep them, we will not gain entrance into the Kingdom of God, either. How can we expect to be with Jesus forever, if we willfully disobey Him? “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” (Revelation 22:14) God calls those who keep His commandments “blessed”. God, also, tells us that in keeping His commandments, we will have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city (New Jerusalem). But, the opposite to that is, we will not have access to the tree of life, and we will not be able to enter in through the gates into the city, if we do not love Jesus enough to keep His commandments while we are here on this earth. “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” (James 1:22) Friend, if we cannot have access to the tree of life, and if we are forbidden to enter the city, we will not be in God’s Kingdom. It is that serious. Remember, it took just one little sin to throw this world into the mess that it is in. God does not take sin lightly. That one sinful act of Adam and Eve cost the life of Jesus. “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21) Friend, what is sin? “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” (I John 3:4) “…for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” (Romans 3:20) Had Adam and Eve not sinned (transgressed the law) there would have been no need for Jesus to come and die on the cross for all of us. “…without shedding of blood is no remission (forgiveness).”(Hebrews 9:22)
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”(Romans 6:23)
Because of our faith in Christ’s righteousness as our only hope of salvation, we love God and because we love Him, we keep his commandments. Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15) We have everything to gain and nothing to lose by obeying Jesus. He is our pattern and example. “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.”(I John 2:6)
“The Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, the work of the Reverend Peter Geiermann, C.S.R., received on January 25,1910, the “apostolic blessing” of Pope Pius X. On this subject of the change of the Sabbath, this catechism says:
Question–Which is the Sabbath Day?
Answer–Saturday is the Sabbath Day.
Question–Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
Answer–We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church, in the Council of Laodicea (A.D. 336) transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.” –Second Edition, Page 50
“The Catholic Press of Sydney, Australia, is emphatic that Sunday observance is solely of Catholic origin: “Sunday is a Catholic institution, and its claims to observance can be defended only on Catholic principles…From beginning to end of Scripture there is not a single passage that warrants the transfer of weekly public worship from the last day of the week to the first.” August 25, 1900
“In the year 1893 the Catholic Mirror, of Baltimore, Maryland, was the official organ of Cardinal Gibbons. In its issue of September 23 of that year it published this striking statement: “The Catholic Church for over one thousand years before the existence of a Protestant, by virtue of her divine mission, changed the day from Saturday to Sunday.” The Christian Sabbath is therefore to this day the acknowledged offspring of the Catholic Church as spouse of the Holy Ghost, without a word of remonstrance from the Protestant world.”–Re-printed by the Catholic Mirror as a pamphlet, The Christian Sabbath, Pages 29, 31
“Cardinal Gibbons, in The Faith of Our Fathers, says this: You may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we never sanctify.”–Edition of 1893, Page 111
“A Doctrinal Catechism, by the Reverend Stephen Keenan, was approved by the Most Reverend John Hughes, D.D., Archbishop of New York. It has these remarks on the question of the change of the Sabbath:
Question–Have you any other way of proving that the church has power to institute festivals of precept?
Answer–Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her—she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday the seventh day, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority.”–Page 174
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