Real Sabbath Rest

“Moreover, I gave them my Sabbaths, as a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord who sanctifies them.”

Ezekiel 20:12 ESV

Will we enter into the rest God offers us today? Will we allow Sabbath to be more to us than a day to get dressed up on? Only when we rejoice in the redemption Jesus' love purchased for us on Calvary and rest from our efforts at earning God's favor do we actually experience Sabbath. Justification by faith is the seal of God and Sabbath personifies this reality. Likewise salvation by works is the mark of the beast and as the end approaches coercive Sunday observance with come to personify this. 

The period directly preceding Christ's return will be more a time of revelation than decision. The wheat and tares will be separated when the hidden thoughts of the heart are manifested through the public stand each takes in obedience to or rebellion against God as manifested by the day they choose to honor. Earth's final crisis will effectively bring unity between our beliefs and our actions. Many who unwittingly observe Sunday but who honor God in their hearts and minds will take a public stand for the symbol God has chosen as a covenant sign between himself and his people. In the same manner those who have operated on a mere theory of truth but have never exercised saving faith in Jesus will forsake salvation's symbol. 

What does Sabbath mean to you? May it come to deeply signify the price that was paid to save you and the God who longs to carry your burdens and give you rest. In the end only those who have entered into heaven's rest will endure. When we allow Sabbath to draws us deeper into a trusting relationship with our Creator it accomplishes its intended purpose. When we rest in Jesus, Sabbath serves as the perpetual sign of the covenant God instituted at creation. Let us enter then by faith this most precious gift today, and every day until He comes.

Still Seeking His Face,

Pastor Andrew

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