Understanding how we can honor the Sabbath should begin by seeing how Jesus acted on the day of rest. One thing we seem to find over and over in the gospels is that He seemed to take special delight in choosing the Sabbath day for healing.
When the Pharisees were upset about seeing Jesus heal on the Sabbath He explained, ” it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath” Matthew 12:12. In other words, our day of rest is not simply a ceasing of all activity. Jesus was no less active on the Sabbath than on any other day. The Sabbath rest can be a day of miraculous restoration. At the finish of creation, God’s assessment of His work was, “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good…” Genesis 1:31
But today when we look out around the world, even the rosiest of the rosiest views is that not all is good any longer. In fact there is incredible pain, suffering, sin and loss. Jesus came into our dark world to give us the breath of life again. He came to the weary and heavy laden to give a new Sabbath rest for our souls. The Sabbath is there at all times and in all places as God’s special day of healing, hope and restoration. It is a day set aside not simply to get rest while we watch TV, but to switch our focus to a service that gives life and rest to others.
Jesus accomplished more as He rested by the well and slept in the boat than the disciples did while buying food or pulling hard at the oars. God has given us the Sabbath day of rest as a gift. He has given us this unique day and waits by the well to see how we will choose to use His gift in the lives of those around us. Day one the question was, “Have you received God’s gift of the Sabbath? Day two let’s ask, “To whom have we given it away?”