“Our premise for taking up this study is to better understand (and hopefully enter into) the true spirit of the Sabbath day, which is, a celebration – not of a certain day of the week, but a certain Person Who is Lord of All, in Whom and through Whom we find the reason for the Sabbath day, and the substance of all that the Sabbath day meant. “What does the Sabbath day mean, after all? Well, Christians take it to be something very literal. Most of them have not advanced very far at all in the things of the Spirit. They read about the Sabbath day and with little or no understanding they bring this spiritual principle down to earth. I remember the teaching very well, as I had been part of Organized Religion most of my life. I remember going to a mall with a group from our church. It was late on a Sunday afternoon and we were going to pass out tracts and witness to the teenagers and people who were at the shopping center. Many of the small towns in our area still have places where the teenagers go and hang out because there is nothing else for them to do, and we were going to go witness to them. “I remember getting out of the car with my Bible in hand and tracts in my pocket and looking out across that huge parking lot at all the people laughing and smoking and drinking and playing their music. And God forgive me – I did not just think this, I actually said it out loud, if you can believe it. What a Pharisee I was! I actually spoke out loud and said, “Look at all those people, desecrating the Sabbath!” And I really believed it, because that is the way I had been taught. “The spiritual principle is what God wants us to observe – not the outward ceremony. Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath. Jesus is the Master of the Sabbath. Jesus is the Point of the Sabbath. Jesus is the Goal of the Sabbath. In the New Covenant God wants us to celebrate a Person, not a Day. He want us to observe and hear and obey His Son, not observe some external commandment or tradition of men. “Always remember that Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath. And always remember that apart from Him, you can do nothing. This is the beginning of spiritual life. It is the beginning of fruitfulness. It is the beginning of any great work. Not with activity, but with rest. Confident assurance. Quiet remembrance. And this, my friends, like everything else God wishes to teach us, has nothing to do with what we do or do not do on a particular day of the week. It has to do with a heart-attitude, a spiritual perception, a spiritual entering-into Christ, trusting in Him to do in me, and through me, what I cannot do myself…” Just like our teaching on tithing, The Lord of the Sabbath will offend the religious sensibilities of many, but will bring freedom to those seeking deliverance from the Sunday-go-to-meeting lifestyle.
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Total Program Length: 3 hours 16 minutes