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Liberty in the Sabbath

Liberty in the Sabbath

Today, millions of people are still looking for freedom from economic hardships, religious intolerance, and cultural prejudices. The Statue of Liberty has stood as a symbol of freedom for more than a hundred years, welcoming immigrants and inspiring hope in the many millions who have come to the United States in search of liberty and prosperity.

But true liberty is not found in a geographic location or a better economic situation. It’s found in the everlasting gospel of Jesus Christ. And an eternal symbol of that freedom is found in the seventh-day Sabbath, which God has given to all humanity.

For many of us, it seems that we live in a 24/7 world where we are tied down to our work and responsibilities around the clock. That's why we can be thankful that God has put in place a safeguard for us to choose freedom from what often becomes a kind of slavery to the never-ending workweek cycle. He calls His children to take a 24-hour day to rest each week—to set aside our daily work and to trust that God, our Creator, can hold our world together for 24 hours without our involvement.

The New Testament reminds us of the blessing of keeping God’s holy law: “He who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does” (James 1:25). Keeping this “law of liberty” enables us to demonstrate, in a tangible way, our faith in God as our Creator and Redeemer.

Keeping the seventh-day Sabbath also signifies our hope in the eternal freedom from sin we will experience in God’s final triumph in the conflict between good and evil. At the Second Coming, we will finally live the reality of that liberty, a liberty we only understand in part as we worship and rest on God’s holy Sabbath each week.

Would you like to explore more about the liberty that God offers to us today? Click here and take a few minutes to listen to this insightful program about the importance of the Sabbath today.