My Savior is my Sabbath

Posted on April 26, 2021Comments Off on My Savior is my Sabbath

The twenty-third chapter of Leviticus tells God’s chosen people to rest.

23The LORD also said to Moses, 24“Speak to the Israelites and say, ‘On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of rest, a sacred assembly announced by trumpet blasts. 25You must not do any regular work, but you are to present an offering made by fire to the LORD.’ ”

(Leviticus 23:23-25). Rehearsals for the coming of the Christ and the work of Jesus are here in this command to rest and to offer a sacrifice by fire. 

39And Yeshua said, “For the judgment of this world I have come, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind.” 40And those of the Pharisees who had been with him heard these things and they said to him, “Are we also blind?” 41Yeshua said to them, “If you were blind, you would not have sin, but now you say, 'We see.' Because of this, your sin stands.”
 1“Timeless truth I speak with you: whoever enters not by the gate to the sheepfold, but comes up from another place, is a thief and a robber.” 2“He who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the flock;” 3“To this one the gate keeper opens the gate and the flock hears his voice; he calls his sheep by their names and leads them out. 4And when he has brought forth his flock, he goes before it and his own sheep go after him, because they know his voice. 5But the flock goes not after a stranger, but flees from him, for it does not know a stranger's voice.” 6Yeshua spoke this allegory to them, but they did not know what he was speaking with them.
 7But again Yeshua said to them, “Timeless truth I speak to you; I AM THE LIVING GOD, The Gate of the flock.” 8“And all who had come were thieves and robbers, but the flock did not hear them.” 9“I AM THE LIVING GOD, The Gate; if anyone will enter by me, he shall live and shall go in and out and shall find the pasture.” 10“But a thief does not come except to steal, kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have whatever is abundant.”
 11“I AM THE LIVING GOD, The Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down his life for his flock.” 

(John 9:39-41; 10:1-11, Aramaic Bible in Plain English). My sin debt was burned away by the LORD’s offering. By His life laid down, His body broken, and blood poured out. The work of Jesus allows me to put down my own efforts to reach heaven as a robber. God’s grace lets me abandon plots to build my own Tower of Babel. I don’t need to bear my own Ishmael (Genesis 17:17-21).

Because God gave me Himself as LORD Jesus, I only need to labor to enter His rest. In the Christ, I will go into heaven by its only Gate—as a child of the only God. Amen.