Some Common Questions Answered About The Sabbath

1) Didn’t Jesus worship God on the Sabbath while on this earth? Yes, but Jesus also lived and worshipped under the Law of Moses which has been done away with (Colossians 2:13-14; Ephesians 2:15).

2) Didn’t the Apostle Paul often teach and preach on the Sabbath in synagogues? Yes, he used every opportunity to proclaim the Gospel (Acts 5:29,41-42). Yet he preached and taught on other days of the week as well. His mission was to both Jew and Gentile (Acts 9:11-16).

3) Didn’t Jesus actually rise from the dead on Saturday rather than Sunday, being crucified on Thursday? Jesus was placed in the tomb late Friday afternoon and arose early Sunday morning. To the ancient Jews any part of a day was counted as a whole day (cf. Esther 4:15-17; Esther 5:1). Jesus’ body was laid in Joseph’s tomb right before the Sabbath began Friday evening (Mark 15:42-45).

Note that He arose Sunday morning at dawn. “And when the Sabbath was past ..... and very early in the morning the first day of the week ..... they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun" (Mark 16:1-2).

4) Doesn’t Hebrews 4:9 teach that one must keep the Sabbath? The context of this verse shows that it refers to the Christian’s heavenly reward. That “restis not on Saturday, but is an eternal rest in heaven.

Christians must follow the inspired New Testament example of worshipping God "upon the first day of week" – Sunday (Acts 20:7). —Roelf L. Ruffner

Mike Riley, Gospel Snippets

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