Christ and the 4th Commandment
Exod 20:8-11. 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. (KJV)
Let us consider today “Christ and the 4th Commandment”. In introduction, Christ was not a Sabbath breaker and He didn’t do away with the Sabbath either. He is Lord of the Sabbath as we shall see and we would do well to hear Him and follow Him regarding this subject and to avoid the extremes that some go to in both directions on this subject. On the one end of the chart is the antinomian that completely abandons any form of order and abusively uses Christian Liberty as a license for sinful self indulgences. On the other end of the chart is the legalist that casts to a Christ-less eternity anyone that conforms not to his Judaic Adventist viewpoints. So, look with me at three points regarding Christ and the 4th Commandment.
I. CHRIST DEMANDED OBEDIENCE TO IT.
1. Jesus taught that we are to obey the heart and Spirit of the Law. Matt. 12:1-15.
2. Jesus taught that there are sacred works, merciful works and needful works that might be done on the Lord’s Sabbath with no fear of condemnation. Rom. 2:8-9. 7:6. 2Cor.3:6.
3. Jesus didn’t respect man made rules for religion. Matt. 15:1-3, 7-9.
4. Jesus worshiped regularly and routinely. Lk. 4:14-32.
5. Jesus didn’t destroy the law; He fulfilled it. Matt. 5:17-20.
II. CHRIST DECLARED CONDEMNATION FOR TRANSGRESSING IT.
1. Jesus preached a spiritual heartfelt faith and condemned the works-centered man made rules and regulations of religion. Matt. 23:23-33.
2. Jesus set Israel aside for the time of the Gentiles and the Church Age. He did indeed minister to Israel during His earthly ministry but after Calvary He never met with His people according to the Jewish ceremonial ways on the Jewish Sabbath but only on the first day of the week in New Testament Church capacity.
3. Matt. 12:14-18, 15:22-28, 21:42-45, 23:37-39. Jn. 1:14-17, Acts 13:45-48, Rom. 1:16.
III. CHRIST DELIVERED HIS PEOPLE FROM ITS CONDEMNATION.
1. Christ brings deliverance from man’s religious rules about what days we must observe or what food or drink we may take. We are to walk by faith in HIM. Eph. 2:8.
2. Col. 2:6-8, 13-17, 20-22. Gal. 5:1, 13-16. It’s the spirit not the letter that’s important.
3. Jesus took the Jewish Sabbath with Him to the grave after Calvary and brought the Christian Sabbath with Him out of the grave on the first resurrection Lord’s Day. The same Greek word, sabbaton, is used in the Bible for both the Jewish Sabbath of the pre- Calvary era and the Christian Sabbath of the post-Calvary era. Matt. 28:1. Literally: In the end of sabbaton (the Jewish Sabbath) as it began to dawn toward first sabbaton (the Christian Sabbath) came Mary… This is the “rest” of Heb. 4:9.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ changes everything. ALL of the Old Testament things that pointed to the coming redeemer were all fulfilled in HIM. The Moral Law of God shall NEVER go away. We are all duty bound to live according to the moral standard of God laid down for us in His Holy Law but unfortunately we have failed miserably in meeting this divine standard. Christ kept it perfectly. Only in HIM can we stand before God just as if we had never sinned. He died to save us from our sins and took all the pre-Calvary things to the grave. He is raised now and we can live in Him by grace through faith. AMEN.