Getting enough rest?
During our confirmation examination, the students reminded us of the 3rd Commandment: “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.” Test your “Sabbath” knowledge below! Did you know…? The word Sabbath means “rest.” Even animals were given the day off! In the Old Testament the “Sabbath” took place on Saturday. Today we generally think of Sunday as the day of rest. In fact, in early American history there were “blue laws” designed to keep Sundays as a day of rest, especially prohibiting shopping. (No, not that! Yes, this was pre-internet.) In the New Testament, believers started to worship on the Lord’s Day (Revelation 1:10) which was the “first day of the week.” (Acts 20:7) And even in America where participation in churches continues its 20+ year decline, we still think of Sunday as the day for worship.
What changed the focus from Saturday to Sunday? One word: Easter! Jesus’ resurrection on Sunday morning became an event to remember, talk about, and celebrate. Therefore New Testament Christians began to gather on Sundays. What day reflects the concept of “rest” better than Easter Sunday? Plus the Apostle Paul (Colossians 2:16-17) reminded the believers not to miss the point of Christ’s work by adopting a legalistic view of special days. Jesus is our rest. What else gives your heart, soul, and mind more rest than to realize that Jesus has provided for your earthly rest from guilt and worry and also guarantees your eternal rest in heaven. So don’t limit yourself to resting only on Sundays. God’s people joyfully rest with their Savior every day! And while everyone (including me) is itching to get outside and do some “sun worshipping,” don’t forget to worship the Son who controls that light and warmth giving body. At St. John’s there will also be plenty of Bible studies, VBS nights, special events and of course, Sunday (and a few Saturday!) services to make sure you get enough of God’s light, warmth, and rest this summer.