There is No Christian Sabbath and Jesus was Crucified on Friday

20. Jesus died on the cross Friday and said He would rise again the third day Sunday, but there is no such thing as a Christian Sabbath for the Church.

Do you believe when Jesus died on the cross April 1st (Nissan 14) 33 AD, He was first seized on Thursday so He was in the heart of earthly Israel for 3 days and 3 nights? Jesus said He would rise again on the third day (or after the third day from the capture on Thursday), so Friday to Sunday was the proper time frame for His death, burial and resurrection? It is wrong to Judaize or legalize Christianity, for there is no such thing as a Christian Sabbath since the Sabbath was for the nation of Israel only to be kept as a sign under the Old Covenant (the only ceremonial law of the Ten Commandments) in which Israel, the first nation God revealed Himself to, was given the promise to become the center of all nations. Jesus came to fill up the law ("to fulfill" Matt. 5.7) but was rejected by His chosen people. They will finally receive Him when He returns.

The Lord's day exists because of His resurrection on Sunday and does not require it be a day of rest without work like the Jewish Sabbath, nor does it take from the Sabbath in any way that was strictly for the Jews. They are quite unalike. How sad it would be if you imposed upon yourself a rule in which you had a job, but you would have to quit because you were not allowed to work on Saturday (this is Satan's rule!). Our rest now is in the Holy Spirit everyday because the veil is now rent (Heb. 4.1-11). Work can be performed on any day, even as Jesus did, with the ushering in the kingdom of heaven with John the Baptist. God revealed Himself to the Jews first to point to Christ and Christianity. The law remains, not one tittle shall pass away till these things are fulfilled (when Jesus returns, followed by the completion of the 1000 years), but Jesus came to fill up the law, so in filling it up, we are under the New Covenant, would not need to keep the Sabbath (nor even would God's chosen people, the elect Jews), because the veil is now rent. The rest to enter into on Saturdays has been filled up with the Holy Spirit's indwelling the born-again believer (Heb. 4). Under the Old Covenant the indwelling of the Holy Spirit was not possible. We do not live by the law, but by the Spirit of the law, even the Spirit of truth. If you try to live by the law, you shall die by the law.

"On the first day the week, when we were gathered to break bread" (Acts 20.7). "Let no one pass judgment on your in questions of food and drink or with regard to festival...or a sabbath. These are a shadow of things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ" (Col. 2.16,17). "We are to rejoice in celebrating the eighth day; because that is when Jesus rose from the dead..." (Epistle of Barnabas 15). "We have seen how former adherents of the ancient customs have since attained a new hope; so that they have given up keeping the Sabbath, and now order their lives by the Lord's Day instead - the Day when life first dawned for us, thanks to Him (Jesus) and His death" (Epistle to Magnesians 9). Hebrews 4.8 speaks of "another day" (today) because the former Sabbath was not obeyed. "For if Joshua had given them rest, he would not have spoken afterward of another day" (Heb. 4.8). John "was in the Spirit on the Lord's day" (Rev. 1.10). The Holy Spirit descended upon the Church on Pentecost Sunday (Acts 2.1ff). "Now on the first day of the week...the stone was taken had been taken away from the tomb" (John 20.1). After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to the Apostles on Sundays (John 20.19,26). Jesus and the disciples were harassed by the Pharisees over the Sabbath (John 5.18): "This was why the Jews sought all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the Sabbath but called God His Father, making Himself equal with God." Jesus spoke against the Pharisee's merciless observance of the Sabbath (Matt. 12.1-8; Luke 13.10-16). "Now concerning the contribution for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do. On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that contributions need not be made when I come" (1 Cor. 16.1-2). Gather together weekly though there is no required appointed time or day.

How are Christians obligated to "remember the Sabbath day," or seventh day of the week? May Christians work on Saturdays? The fourth commandment is unique among the Ten Commandments in containing both ceremonial and moral elements. "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it" (Ex. 20.8-11). It establishes a key element in a religious calendar, designating one day in seven as holy. But it is also moral, directing people to be imitators of God in His rest from the work of creation, and to use His gift of time for sacred purposes. Because it can be taken both in a ceremonial and moral sense, this commandment became a center of controversy in Jesus' ministry, and continued to be so in the history of the church.

Jesus violated the first-century Jewish ceremonial custom regarding the Sabbath. "And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him. And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift out? How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days. Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other" (Matt. 12.10-13). "And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day. The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering? And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day? And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him" (Luke 13.10-17). Jesus was careful to keep the moral aspects of this command, stating that "it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath" (Matt. 12.12).

Jesus also defended His disciples when they violated the Sabbath customs, even though OT law mandated the death penalty for those who worked on the sacred day (Ex. 31.14-15; 35.2). "At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat. But when the Pharisees saw, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day. But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him; How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests? Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless? Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless? But I say unto you, That in this place is One greater than the temple. But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day" (Matt. 12.1-8).

The apostle Paul likewise de-emphasized the need for Christians to maintain Jewish customes related to the calendar. "One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind" (Rom. 14.5). "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holiday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. Let no man beguile you...vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind" (Col. 2.16-18). At the same time, Jesus was careful to keep the moral aspects of this command, stating that "it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath" (Matt. 12.12). Jesus saw beyond the ceremony to the sacred use of time. Every day, but especially the Lord's Day, is to be used to accomplish the work of God.

The first day of the week could also be a special day of worship during the annual Feast of Tabernacles. "Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein" (Lev. 23.36). In honor of Jesus' resurrection, which occurred on the first day of the week, early first-century Christians made that day their regular day of worship. "And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight" (Acts 20.7). "Upon the first day of the week [the Lord's Day] let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come" (1 Cor. 16.2), calling it the "Lord's Day" (see Rev. 1.10). At the same time, the NT makes it clear that Christians are not bound by rigid rules regarding days of worship. "One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks" (Rom. 14.5-6). It is vital for Christians to gather regularly for worship. "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another]: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching" (Heb. 10.25), but no day of the week is inherently better than another for doing so.

Leviticus predicted the Messiah: "On the eighth day Moses summed Aaron, his sons, and the elders of Israel. He said to Aaron, 'Take a young bull for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering, both without blemish, and present them before the Lord'." (9.1.-2) What men take note of is the sin-offering, but that which God sees first is the burnt-offering. Although without the Lord Jesus ever being the sin-offering we would none of us have life, nevertheless God will not accept anything without Christ being the burnt-offering-that is to say, His offering His all to God in obeying and doing God's will. Here we see His death on the cross is according to the will of God. In that same spirit of Christ Paul too offered himself as a burnt-offering (Phil. 2.17; 2 Tim. 4.6).