August 25, 2019: The Sabbath a Delight
Text for Sunday, August 25, 2019:
PReparation for worship
“Every day of my life I rest from my evil ways, let the Lord work in me through His Spirit, and so begin in this life the eternal Sabbath.” – from The Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A 103
“The Resurrection of Christ was the truth of all truths among the early believers. It was not the day of His death they made their Sabbath, but the first day of the week—the day when the sadness of the weeping women at the sepulcher was turned into gladness…conscious that a new and nobler Genesis had dawned on a darkened world.” – John MacDuff
Human beings were made to work. That is one of the ways we exercise the fact that we are created in the image of God. We exercise God-like dominion over the physical world through our work. Our God is a worker.
Human beings were made for rest. This, too, is one of the ways we exercise the fact that we are created in the image of God. We exercise God-like dominion over time through our Sabbath rest. Our God rested.
Note: We were made to work. We were made for rest. After all, Sabbath rest is our eternal destiny.