A human being lives, but he is given life.
The gospel is taught in the Creation story. In (Gen. 2:1, 2) we read: “Thus the heaven and earth, and all the host of them, were finished. And in the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.” Here we discover that God worked, then rested.
The situation for Adam was just the opposite. First, he entered into God’s rest, since the seventh-day Sabbath was his first full day of life. After entering God’s rest on the seventh day, he then worked. The same sequence is true concerning our redemption. In Christ, God completed the work of redemption through His sinless life, death and resurrection.
We can rest in the fact that Jesus died for our sins and has given to us eternal life as a free gift. We rest in the fact that we have Christ’s righteousness is covering us. We also rest in the fact that at the cross our sinful nature was broken, and we are now free to serve God. Once believers rest in these truths, they are able to “work,” of faithfully serve and obey Christ in life and ministry.
What do I mean by rest? I mean that they accept by faith what God had done for their redemption, and trust implicitly in Christ. God’s word is very clear about the concept of rest. When we enter into God’s rest we cease our own efforts.
So the question I have for you is: How do you observe your Sabbath? Many of use worship on Saturday but the majority of the people that worship on Sunday. I am not trying to debate this issue with you today. What I am asking is: do you observe your Sabbath by shopping, going out to eat, and playing Golf, well your get the idea. Or do you spend the day with God, in thankful worship?
The Bible is very clear about how we spend this day. Our part is to believe and choose to let Christ live out His life in us. This resting in Christ is the true meaning of the Sabbath rest God calls us to experience: this requires 100 percent surrender to Christ 100 percent of the time.
Supporting Scripture; Must read (Heb. 4:9-11), Must read (Ex. 20:8-11)
Personal Reflection and Discussion