Those who are influenced or bound by religious tradition would say something like, “It means Sunday is the Lord’s Day. It is His special day. So when we go to church on Sunday (or Saturday) we are remembering and showing that it is His day, thus making Him Lord of it.”
But beyond tradition there is so much more meaning and fullness!
Jesus is LORD of the Sabbath – that means He is master of it, He is above it, He takes precedence over it, He is in charge of it. He is the most informed about Sabbath. He has authority over it.
Then, given that Sabbath basically means ‘rest’, it also means Jesus is Lord of rest. Such a comforting thought. Wow, what a Person to be in charge of our rest!
How often does the Master of it want us to rest? Religious legalists, those still living under the law, would say for sure on Sunday. But would not every day be ‘the Lord’s day’? Would He not be Lord over every day? Surely He has rest for us seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. He is not niggardly with His rest. He never created us to be in a tizzy, overworked, or wrought with fear, worry, or guilt. He longs for us to enter into His rest every day – that is His kind of Sabbath.
Now take a guess who hates rest? Satan and demons hate it when we rest in the Lord and trust Him. Don’t let the enemy steal rest from you on any day, at any moment. That is why scripture says ‘remember’ (Hebrew meaning – consider, take thought, call to mind, celebrate, confess, well remember). It’s easy to forget, in the midst of doing life, that Jesus is Lord of rest and He has it for us 24/7. So remember and appropriate. Rest – a great form of spiritual warfare against the enemy!
But there’s more. Jesus is our rest. He is Rest! He personifies rest. David had revelation and experience of this facet of Jesus when he spoke of being led by still waters and laying down in green pastures. (Ps 23:2) David understood the Lord was his Shepherd, so he did not want, he had all he needed – thus still waters and green pastures were his lot. David really knew the true Rest Area. Look for that kind of ‘sign’ in your life – it will lead you to fullness.
- True rest is not found in a particular day, a church service, a certain religious ritual, a spiritual activity, or good behavior.
- He has a Sabbath for you – it’s Him! As He is Lord of your life then let Him be Lord of your Sabbath – it is a huge area of fullness of rest for each and every day.
- Take a deep breath. Think of still waters and green pastures – enjoy the quiet and nestle in. Your Shepherd is there. Rest. Be at peace. In Him you have all you need.