I have heard lately the continuing battle of the Sabbath and how it should be observed by Christians. It seems that many hold to a traditional manner of the Sabbath based on teachings in the law yet they will state clearly that the law is fulfilled in Christ. How can the law be fulfilled in Christ if we still hold to the law? That is a complete denial of the power of Christ fulfilling the law. The only scriptures that talk of holding to a specific day of the week as a Sabbath day are in the old testament and they are referring to the 7th day of the week. In the New Testament it talks of a Sabbath Rest which is our rest in Christ as believers, not a specific day of the week. One of the tools the Pharisees tried to use against Christ was his unlawful practises on the Sabbath day including healing. However, to do anything in the name of Christ is not an unlawful use of the day. Christ knew what the reasons for a Sabbath day in the old testament were. In the new testament all of our days are to be dedicated to Christ in the sense that we are saved through him and there should not be anything we are doing that is not permitted on any day of the week.
Colossians 2: 13 - 17 reads:
13When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature,[b] God made you[c] alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. 15And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.[d]
16Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. 17These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. 18Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize. Such a person goes into great detail about what he has seen, and his unspiritual mind puffs him up with idle notions.
This scripture is very clear that the written code was cancelled with its regulations, we are no longer obligated to observing Christ on a specific day of the week. We are not to be judged by our Sabbath celebrations as our reality is found in Christ and is sufficient in all of our days.
I am not saying we should not take time to rest, our rest is in Christ. However, we are not under the laws of what we can and can not do on the Sabbath.
Some have used the following passage from scripture in support of a Sabbath day. But if you read the following it is not stating that observing a certain day grants a Sabbath rest. In fact it continues to say that the day of rest is Today in Christ. Not a specific day of the week.
Hebrews 4 reads:
1Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. 2For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith.[a] 3Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said,
"So I declared on oath in my anger,
'They shall never enter my rest.' "[b] And yet his work has been finished since the creation of the world. 4For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: "And on the seventh day God rested from all his work."[c] 5And again in the passage above he says, "They shall never enter my rest."
6It still remains that some will enter that rest, and those who formerly had the gospel preached to them did not go in, because of their disobedience. 7Therefore God again set a certain day, calling it Today, when a long time later he spoke through David, as was said before:
"Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts."[d] 8For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. 9There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10for anyone who enters God's rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. 11Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.
12For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
Finally in the new Testament when the commandments are repeated, all are repeated as a requirement for obedience, that is except for the Sabbath because clearly as it has been stated in scripture a specific Sabbath day is not required but that we should be obeying Christ every day.
In closing, I am not advocating that people forsake fellowship in their churches, by all means do not do this. Rather I am saying there should not be division if someone decides that after church on Sunday they are going to eat out instead of eating at home. Why do we as Christians waste so much time on something as trivial as where we eat our lunch? I fear that Satan gets a foothold when we allow for such little arguments to divide us. For those who choose to observe a Sabbath day, they may do so but please do not judge for those who chose to observe the Sabbath in a different manner.