This is understandable
when Jesus says:
Mat 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
Num 28:9 And on the sabbath day two lambs of the first year without spot, and two tenth deals of flour for a meat offering, mingled with oil, and the drink offering thereof: Num 28:10 This is the burnt offering of every sabbath, beside the continual burnt offering, and his drink offering. Isa 56:1 Thus saith the LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed.
Isa 56:2 Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil. Isa 56:3 Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree. Isa 56:4 For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant; Isa 56:5 Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. Isa 56:6 Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; Isa 56:7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people. Isa 56:8 The Lord GOD which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him. Isa 56:9 All ye beasts of the field, come to devour, yea, all ye beasts in the forest. Isa 56:10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Isa 56:11 Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter. Isa 56:12 Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant.
“To keep the Sabbath” is a term to describe those who are resting or dwelling in Christ. All these beautiful verses show the beauty of salvation through Christ, the Lamb of God. Anybody, whose sins are not covered by the blood of the Jesus (The Lamb of God), cannot keep the Sabbath. That implies they have no spiritual rest and future in Christ. They are still under the wrath of God till their annihilation.
This place of spiritual rest we have in Jesus is eternally secured in Christ. But those who cannot observe the Sabbath, by following their religious traditions and the pleasures of this world, will be put unto death for ever. They think they have found freedom when they do their best to comply with many literal applications in the Bible. But language of the Bible is parable. No one is able to understand it unless God open your heart and your understanding. For example, the following language tells you when the will of God cannot be done in your life, by the presence of Christ, your end will be the eternal lake of fire. In Another word, God will destroy you, so you will stop to exist.
Isa 58:13 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Isa 58:14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. Isa 66:22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain. Isa 66:23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD. Isa 66:24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.
Jer 17:27 But if ye will not hearken unto me to hallow the sabbath day, and not to bear a burden, even entering in at the gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath day; then will I kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched.
Look verse 27, of Jeremiah 17: But if ye will not hearken unto me to hallow the sabbath day, and not to bear a burden, even entering in at the gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath day; then will I kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched. The people of Israel many times violated the Sabbaths.
The account of Nehemiah 13: 15-22 is a great example: Neh 13:15 In those days saw I in Judah some treading wine presses on the sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and lading asses; as also wine, grapes, and figs, and all manner of burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on the sabbath day: and I testified against them in the day wherein they sold victuals. Neh 13:16 There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, which brought fish, and all manner of ware, and sold on the sabbath unto the children of Judah, and in Jerusalem. Neh 13:17 Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said unto them, What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the sabbath day? Neh 13:18 Did not your fathers thus, and did not our God bring all this evil upon us, and upon this city? yet ye bring more wrath upon Israel by profaning the sabbath. Neh 13:19 And it came to pass, that when the gates of Jerusalem began to be dark before the sabbath, I commanded that the gates should be shut, and charged that they should not be opened till after the sabbath: and some of my servants set I at the gates, that there should no burden be brought in on the sabbath day. Neh 13:20 So the merchants and sellers of all kind of ware lodged without Jerusalem once or twice. Neh 13:21 Then I testified against them, and said unto them, Why lodge ye about the wall? if ye do so again, I will lay hands on you. From that time forth came they no more on the sabbath. Neh 13:22 And I commanded the Levites that they should cleanse themselves, and that they should come and keep the gates, to sanctify the sabbath day. Remember me, O my God, concerning this also, and spare me according to the greatness of thy mercy. But, How did God respond when they violated the Sabbath day?
He said: ” I kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched. If this language is literal, I do not see that fire today? It supposed to be lighted in the gates of Jerusalem forever. So, if God allows you to see that, you will admit that the fire that will not be quenched represents the destruction and abolishment of all forms of religions and people whose sins are not forgiven by the Lord Jesus. They have not found any rest for their souls. They keep bearing a burden on the Sabbath day. While Jesus says:
Mat 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
This is the same problem with those who believe in a lake of fire for ever, or a physical place called hell. They read the Bible too literally before they make their conclusion. Again, the language of the Bible is not based on intellectual approach; it is a spiritual book. How can a sinner hallow the Sabbath day by keeping it? It is parable language that means since Christ, On the cross, has taken your burden or your sins away, you are sanctified:
Eze 20:10 Wherefore I caused them to go forth out of the land of Egypt, and brought them into the wilderness. Eze 20:11 And I gave them my statutes, and shewed them my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them. Eze 20:12 Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them.
Again, the physical Sabbaths were a sign between the believer and the Lord; they were not the reality. This sign has been revealed through the Lord Jesus Christ who is the mediator between the believer and God. And at the end of the verse, God clarifies the language of Jeremiah 17: 27:
“I am the LORD that sanctifies them.” Are you truly sanctified by the 7th day of the week, the 1st day of the week, any other day of the week, or by the Lord? If Jesus is your savior, you are sanctified by His blood and have eternal rest in Him. Otherwise, keep on trusting your physical Saturday, Sunday, or any other day of the week.
Col 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Col 2:17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
When we become a child of God, our life becomes a testimony for the world on a daily basis. There is not a specific day to describe a true Christian. The operation of being born again has to do with new nature in Christ. And, as our lives bring the gospel every day; our worship to God is also every day. You truly worship God because you are born again, not because you follow a specific day. Any day of the week belongs to the Lord, and there is not also a problem if you set some time apart with the Lord on a specific day:
Rom 14:5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. Rom 14:6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth Not even one of these ordinances can contribute in the salvation of someone.
You need to be rested in Jesus Christ, the Sabbath day. It is very important to know that having rest signifies that our hard work and fatigue are gone forever. Our pains on this earth are the consequences of sins. How can we get away from them, without the sacrifice of Jesus? He did all the work for us, so we may have peace of mind. But if I feel guilty because I cease to believe in a weekly Sabbath, Sabbath years, water baptism, and many confessions of the church, I belong to the religion, and not to God.
Jesus says clearly: Mat 12:8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day. He is Lord of everything, so everything must be found in Him:
Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Again, Jesus Christ is the reality of the Sabbaths and the ceremonious Feasts:
Heb 4:9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. Heb 4:10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
Why many Religions are saying: If you do not observe Sabbath, get Baptized in physical water, partake in the ceremony of physical bread and drink, you will not be redeemed? My Father is the Lord of all those requirements, because it accomplished them by the sacrifice of the cross. Now I am like the thief that said: “Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.” And, from the first day that God forgives my sins he told me: “Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” Luk 23:42-43
Now can you see the truth? There was no time for me to observe the physical Sabbaths, the physical water baptism, the physical eating and drinking. Indeed, since the day I become a child of God, I am already in heaven with Christ: Eph 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
Many people who were following their traditions could not understand the conflict that existed between Jesus and their religious traditions. To examine them, read the passages below: Mat 12:1 At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat. Mat 12:2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day. Mat 12:3 But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him; Mat 12:4 How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests? Mat 12:5 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless? Mat 12:6 But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple. Mat 12:7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless. Mat 12:8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day. Mat 12:8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day. Mat 12:9 And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue: Mat 12:10 And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him. Mat 12:11 And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? Mat 12:12 How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.
Luk 6:1 And it came to pass on the second sabbath after the first, that he went through the corn fields; and his disciples plucked the ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing them in their hands. Luk 6:2 And certain of the Pharisees said unto them, Why do ye that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days? Luk 6:3 And Jesus answering them said, Have ye not read so much as this, what David did, when himself was an hungred, and they which were with him; Luk 6:4 How he went into the house of God, and did take and eat the shewbread, and gave also to them that were with him; which it is not lawful to eat but for the priests alone? Luk 6:5 And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath. Luk 6:6 And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man whose right hand was withered. Luk 6:7 And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him. Luk 6:8 But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man which had the withered hand, Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he arose and stood forth. Luk 6:9 Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it?
Joh 9:14 And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes. Joh 9:15 Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see. Joh 9:16 Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.
If Jesus was blamed, even put to death, because he violated a physical day, what is the matter when they do the same thing to us? Each religion believes that only their group will ascend into the heaven with their pretended good confessions. They might have real confidence on that, but nothing guaranties they will inherit the heaven with their beliefs. Indeed, if you read carefully verse 16 of John 9, you see that there was one major accusation that the Pharisees brought against Jesus: That man is not of God, because he keeps not the Sabbath.
In John 5:18, this accusation is stronger: Jesus had to be killed because he is equal to God and violate the Sabbath day: Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God Joh 5:18
So, if that law of killing someone who violated the Sabbath was applied on Jesus, today what about those who violate the physical Sabbath? They too should be put to death. Why I say that? Because the Bible says:
Gal 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. Gal 3:11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. Gal 3:12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. Gal 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: Gal 3:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Even Caiaphas prophesied that Jesus should die for the nation. Though the term of "Nation" literally represents national Israel; but spiritually, it characterizes all the true believers whose sins have been forgiven by Christ:
Joh 11:49 And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all, Joh 11:50 Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.
Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Today, if your faith depends on practicing some religious traditions, or free will, in order to inherit the kingdom of Christ, you are under the law and dead: Rom 7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
Rom 7:5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. Rom 7:6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. Rom 7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.
Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Contrarily, if Jesus keeps you in the grace and the faith of His love for you on the cross, you are totally free of those physical deeds forever. Christ living in you will make you acceptable to the Father. Yes, you are totally free from the bondage of sins and religious traditions. Gal 4:9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?