Just two months ago a person walked into my church, sat down, said she had been reading her Bible, had become convicted about the Sabbath and she would like to start worshiping with us. As you can imagine, we welcomed her. She has been a blessing to us all.
During lunchtime yesterday I received a call informing me that she had passed away. The point of this post is not to make you feel sad but to uplift you. It is amazing how Jesus works in our lives. We spend our days coming and going and never giving a second thought to this voice – the voice that is telling us to turn our life back to Him.
Now as for this member, she did not turn from Him. The voice she heard was coming from Exodus 20:8-11, “Remember the Sabbath day and treat it as holy. Six days you may work and do all your tasks, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. Do not do any work on it – not you, your sons or daughters, your male or female servants, your animals, or the immigrant who is living with you. Because the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and everything that is in them in six days, but rested on the seventh day. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” Jesus has given us this amazing day to worship and visit with Him. Yet for most people we push this day off as just any other day. We say things like the commandments were nailed to the cross and use a few Bible verses taken out of context to justify our choices.
To me, Jesus gave us this day at creation. (Make no mistake He gave it to us.) John 1:1-4 tells us, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life and the life was the light of men.” Jesus was there from the beginning and walked with Adam and Eve in the garden. He also kept the Sabbath while He was on this earth. Why then would he abolish it at His death?
I am not trying to convert anyone to the Sabbath truth with this post. What I telling you is that each of us need to listen a little closer to the Voice. When you do, you will not need a pastor telling you what to believe but you will have the Holy Spirit Himself convicting you of His truth. Today I think the question should be, “Who would you listen to, to spend one day with Jesus?” My hope is that you pick up your Bible and start there.
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