Living in Sabbath


Day of Rest

Key Bible Verse: Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

Dig Deeper: Matthew 11:25-30

In the Jewish tradition, the day after Passover was an important day. The day following was always a Sabbath day. It was a day to rest and celebrate and party and find joy in the forgiveness that you had just experienced. Nobody would work on that day. The tragedy of sin was followed by a party of rest.

What did they do the day after the tragedy of Jesus’s death? “They rested.” Why? Because, as Jesus had said on the cross, “It is finished.”

Sabbath, for a Christian, is a way of life. All of life is one big period of rest – not rest from the day job or rest from responsibilities, but rest from striving. From saving ourselves. From all of that. We worship the God who invented rest, cares for it, and demands his freed people live it and extend it as a gift to others. And we can, with that, take heart that God is always seeking out a rest for us.

– A. J. Swoboda in The Dusty Ones

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