|The Author of
the Sabbath is the Author of the Christian religion --- Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
He it was who brought the world into existence, making it in
six days. He it was who rested on the
seventh day, and blessed that day, and made it holy. For the
Son of God was and is the Creator. "All things were made by him."
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made" (John 1:1-3). "He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not" (verse 10). "The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth" (verse 14).
"Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: for by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him" (Colossians 1:15, 16).
The time when He made the Sabbath, as we have already seen, was at the end of the Creation week. (Genesis 2:1-3) The way in which He made the Sabbath was by taking a day, the seventh day, and resting on it, blessing it, and sanctifying it.
The Sabbath a Day, Not an Institution
The material out of which He made the Sabbath was the seventh day. He took that day, and out of it made the Sabbath. The Sabbath is not something He placed on the day. It is the day itself. "The seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God."
We are not commanded to "remember the Sabbath, to keep it holy." The command is, "
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it [the day] holy." The Sabbath is not something apart from the day, which can be shifted about and perhaps placed on another day. It is the day itself, the seventh day.
We hear much today about a Sabbath institution. But
the Bible never speaks of a Sabbath institution. It talks about the Sabbath day. There is no such thing as a Sabbath institution that was blessed and made holy for the benefit of humanity, apart from the day.
It was the day that was blessed and made holy; and it is the day that thus becomes the Sabbath.
The day that God blessed can never be taken from the Sabbath. The Sabbath can never be taken from the day that God blessed. These cannot be separated. They are inseparable because they are one.
The seventh day is the Sabbath; the Sabbath is the seventh day.
Jesus made the Sabbath for the entire human race, not for one section or one nation. "The Sabbath was made for man" (Mark 2:27).
- The Attempt to Change God's Holy Day ... from Sabbath to Sunday, Carlyle B. Haynes, p. 13-14