The Christian Sabbath- A Delight

Joel Beeke, [Reformed Preaching, Chapter 3, Page 72]

“The sanctification of the Lord’s Day is not Sabbatarian legalism; rather, it secures a day of peace, rest, refreshment, prayer, and love for God’s people. Unlike the Lenten fasts rooted in the belief that asceticism and physical self-denial produce holiness (Col. 2:21, 23; 1 Tim. 4:1-5), the Lord’s Day is a festive and joyous celebration of Christ’s resurrection. It is a foretaste of heaven (Heb. 4:9). It is a day for helping the poor with our voluntary gifts (1 Cor. 16:2). Teach people to “call the sabbath a delight” so that they can “delight themselves in the Lord” (Is. 58:13-14). Help them to see that it is not an obsolete Jewish regulation, but truly “the Lord’s Day (Rev. 1:10), that is, a day to draw near to Christ, who is the Lord of the Sabbath (Mark 2:28). If a woman delights to have a date with the man she loves, how much more should a Christian delight to have a date with the living God? Watson says, “Rejoice at the approach of the day, as a day wherein we have a prize for our souls, and may enjoy much of God’s presence.”

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