What Does Sabbath-Keeping Look Like This Side of Jesus?

What Does Sabbath-Keeping Look Like This Side of Jesus?

John Haralson   •   February 19, 2016

"For eternal rest [is to be found in] none other than Christ himself. By our union with Christ, we are already living in the seventh day, the eternal Sabbath of God. God commanded the Sabbath through Moses, but Christ Himself is the Sabbath for His people."

Michael Horton, The Law of Complete Freedom: Relating to God and Others through the Ten Commandments

Dear Friends,

I grew up as an fan of the Atlanta Braves baseball team. During the 70’s and 80’s, this was a tough and grueling endeavor. The Braves were consistently one of the most disappointing teams in baseball.

Yet, in 1991, they had a breakthrough year. They wound up playing in the World Series against the Minnesota Twins. I was stationed in Georgia with the Air Force at the time, and the whole state was electrified during their post-season run. After decades of abject misery, our team was finally a contender.

It proved to be one of the most entertaining World Series ever, and went to extra innings in Game 7―the final game of the series.

Although I desperately wanted to, I didn’t watch a single pitch that last game.

You see, Game 7 was played on a Sunday, and I was convinced at that time that watching a baseball game on a Sunday wasn’t honoring to God. I thought that by watching that game, I would be breaking the Sabbath commandment. So, I went to church and hung out with some friends that night instead.

My convictions about the Sabbath have changed, but I do think this example illustrates a very important question:

How are we to observe the Sabbath on this side of Jesus?

This is a question that has divided Christians over the years. It is also a question that perhaps many of you have never seriously considered. My hope is that this will be a very helpful time of thoughtful biblical interpretation and ethics.

This week: The Sabbath, Christian Liberty, and Love, Part 1, Colossians 2:6-23; Romans 14:1-23

Liturgy is here.

I hope to worship with you.

Warmly in Christ,


P.S. Don’t forget the new Christian Formation Class, Shepherding Children’s Sexual Development, which will continue at 10:30am. Nat Taylor will be teaching on the critical topic of abuse prevention.