I don’t know about you, but I wonder where I’d be, if it were not for the Sabbath.
Christ talked as though we shouldn’t judge others, even to holding that day special, but as for myself,
I need the Sabbath Day. It’s as though my boat has taken on water day after day, and on Sunday, I bail it out. It’s
my rest stop. It’s the meal I’ve been missing…a patch on the knees of my trousers.
I know…Jesus Himself said “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath” (Mark
2:27). And He said, “One man esteemed one day above another; another esteemed every day alike. Let every man be fully
persuaded in his own mind. He that regarded the day, regarded it unto the Lord (Rom 14:5) (He also likened the same to eating,
or living; it is unto the Lord or not. Christ was teaching that we should not judge others). And He said, “Let no man
therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days (Colossians
But This is not to say that we can live as we wish all week, then try to make things right the next Sunday,
even though Jesus said we should forgive others, not seven times, but seven times seventy (Matt 18:22). He’s saying
for every person to be satisfied in his own mind; for example, if his job requires him to work on the Sabbath, as we must
here at the radio station. Remember Christ also, chided the Pharisees, reminding them that if their ox fell into a ditch on
the Sabbath, they would pull him out Luke 14:5).
And so the Sabbath is special to me. It fixes my flat tire. It’s like gassing my car. Thank you Lord,
for the Sabbath Day.
I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.