Day of Rest (1)

It seems that nowadays almost everyone is tired and weary much of the time. Is there any way out of the fast lane? Jesus promised “rest” to all who would come to Him. He offered relief from many of the stresses that sap our energy: Guilt, worry, striving to prove our worth, and legalistic religion. For centuries, Christians have believed that observing one day a week for rest and worship offers relief from the incessant labor and toil that wears us down. After all, after having made the world in six days, God “rested” on the seventh day. He blessed that day and set it apart as special (Genesis 2:2-3). Later, when He gave the moral law to His people Israel at Mount Sinai, the LORD commanded them to “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work” (Exodus 20:8-10). After Jesus rose from the dead, His followers commemorated that great demonstration of His lordship by gathering on the first day of the week to worship God through faith in Him (Acts 20:7). They called it “the Lord’s Day” (Revelation 1:10). Centuries later, they began to observe this day as a Sabbath, doing no work on it. Perhaps it would be good for us to re-consider this ancient practice to see whether we, too, might benefit from it. Maybe this is one way in which Jesus provides rest to us.