Since Jesus Kept The Sabbath, Does That Prove Christians Should Do So Today ?

Sometimes Sabbatarians point out that Jesus kept the Sabbath as proof that we should do the same today. Is that a sound argument?

Yes, Jesus kept the Sabbath just like any other faithful Jew. But he also kept:

· circumcision – Luke 2:21

· the leprosy laws – Luke 5:14

· feast of unleavened bread – Matthew 26:17-18

· taught others to keep all of God’s old law – Matthew 23:2-3

Does the fact that Jesus kept these other laws prove they are still binding? If not, then the fact Jesus kept the Sabbath wouldn’t prove the Sabbath is still binding either, right?

The truth of the matter is that Jesus lived under the old testament law. Hebrews 9:15-17 reads, “And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.”

Get the point? Jesus kept the Sabbath and all the other old testament laws (perfectly I might add), because he lived under that law. That was the law in effect during his lifetime. The new testament law that abolishes the Sabbath law (Colossians 2:14-17, Ephesians 2:14-16) did not go into effect until after Jesus’ death. The covenant with God that we live under today does not require us to keep the seventh day Sabbath. Instead, it tells us to worship on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7, I Corinthians 16:1-2).

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