Find peace in Jesus

460 find peace in JesusThe Ten Commandments says, "Remember the sabbath day that you sanctify him. Six days you should work and do all your works. But on the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. You should not do any work there, not even your son, your daughter, your servant, your maid, your livestock, nor your stranger who lives in your city. For in six days the Lord has made heaven and earth, and the sea, and all that is therein, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and sanctified it "(2 Moses 20,8-11 LUT). Is it necessary to keep the Sabbath for salvation? Or: "Is it necessary to keep Sunday? My answer is: "Your salvation does not depend on one day, but on one person, namely Jesus"!

I recently phoned a friend in the United States. He has joined The Restored Church of God. This church teaches the restoration of the teachings of Herbert W. Armstrong. He asked me, "Do you keep the Sabbath"? I answered him: "The Sabbath is no longer in need of salvation in the new covenant"!

I heard this statement for the first time twenty years ago and did not really understand the meaning of the sentence because I was still living under the law. To help you understand what it's like to live under the law, I'll tell you a personal story.

When I was a child, I asked my mother, "What do you wish for Mother's Day?" "I'm glad when you're a sweet child," I received as an answer! Who or what is a dear child? "If you do what I tell you." My conclusion was, "If I resisted my mother, I'm a bad kid.

In the WKG I got to know God's principle. I am a sweet child when I do what God says. He says, "Thou shalt keep the sabbath holy, and thou shalt be blessed." No problem, I thought, I understand the principle! As a young person, I sought support. Holding on the Sabbath gave me stability and security. In that way, I was apparently a sweet child. Today I ask myself the question: "Do I need this security? Is she necessary for my salvation? My salvation depends entirely on Jesus! "

What is necessary for salvation?

After God created the entire universe in six days, He rested on the seventh day. Adam and Eve lived in this peace for a short time. Her fall brought them under a curse, for in the future Adam would eat his bread in the sweat of his brow, and bore Eve children with hardship until they die.

Later, God made a covenant with the people of Israel. This covenant required works. They had to keep the laws in order to be righteous, blessed and not cursed. In the old covenant, the people of Israel had to perform religious works of righteousness. For six days, week after week. Only one day of the week they were allowed to rest, on the Sabbath day. This day was a reflection of grace. A taste of the new federal government.

When Jesus came to earth, he lived under this covenant of laws, as it is written, "But when the time was fulfilled, God sent his Son, born of a woman, and done under the law" (Gal 4,4 LUT).

The six days of the work of creation are a symbol of the law of God. It is perfect and beautiful. It testifies to God's flawlessness and divine justice. It has such a high value that only God, through Jesus Himself, could fulfill.

Jesus fulfilled the law for you by doing all that was necessary. He kept all the laws in your place. He was hanging on the cross and was punished for your sins. As soon as the price was paid, Jesus said, "It's done!" Then he bowed his head to rest and died.

Put all your trust in Jesus and you will be put to rest forever because you have lived up to God through Jesus Christ. You do not have to struggle for your salvation, because the price of your debt is paid. Completed! "For those who have entered into their rest also rest from their works as God does from his own. So let us now endeavor to enter into this rest, lest any one should fall as in this example of disobedience (Hebr 4,10-11 NGÜ).

When they enter into the tranquility of God's righteousness, they should give up their own works righteousness. Now only one single work is expected from you: "Take it easy"! I repeat, this can only be achieved by faith in Jesus. How would you fall and disobey? By wanting to work out their own justice. That is unbelief.

If you are tormented by feelings of not being good enough or unworthy, this is a sign that you are not yet living in the repose of Jesus. It's not about asking for forgiveness and giving God all sorts of promises. It is about your firm faith in Jesus, who brings you to rest! You were forgiven all guilt by Jesus' sacrifice because you professed it before him. That is why you are washed clean before God, perfect, holy and just. It is up to you to thank Jesus for that.

The new covenant is the sabbath rest!

The Galatians believed that they had received access to God through grace. They thought that it was important to obey God and keep the commandments according to the Scriptures. Clear commandments concerning circumcision, holidays and sabbath days, commandments of the old covenant.

The Galatians represented the heresy, Christians should hold both, the old and the new covenant. They said, "Merit through obedience and grace" is necessary. They mistakenly believed this.

We read that Jesus lived under the law. When Jesus died, he stopped living under this law. Christ's death ended the old covenant, the Law Covenant. "For Christ is at the end of the law" (Rom 10,4 LUT). Let's read what Paul told the Galatians: "In reality, however, I have nothing to do with the law; I have died from the law by the judgment of the law, to live for God from now on; I am crucified with Christ. I live, but not me, but Christ lives in me. For what I now live in the flesh, I live in faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself up for me "(Gal 2,19-20 NGÜ).

By judgment of the law, you have died with Jesus and are no longer living in the old covenant. They are crucified with Jesus and risen to new life. Now rest with Jesus in the new covenant. God works with you and he expects you because he does everything through you. That's how you live in Jesus' peace. The work is done by Jesus! Their work in the New Covenant is to believe this: "That is God's work, that you believe in Him whom He has sent" (Jn 6,29 LUT).

The new life in Jesus

What is the peace in the new covenant in Jesus? Do not you have to do anything anymore? Can you do and leave as you want? Yes, you can do as you please! You can choose Sunday and rest. They may or may not keep the Sabbath day holy. Her behavior does not affect his love for you. Jesus loves you with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.

God has accepted me with all the filth of my sins. How should I react? Should I wallow in the mud like a pig? Paul asks: "What now? Shall we sin because we are not under the law, but under grace? That was far away "(Rom 6,15 LUT)! The answer is definitely no, never! In the new life of one in Christ I live in the law of love as God lives in the law of love.

"Let's love, because he loved us first. If someone speaks: I love God, and hates his brother, who is a liar. For he who does not love his brother, whom he sees, can not love God, whom he does not see. And we have this commandment from him, that whoever loves God, that also love his brother "(1, Joh 4,19-21 LUT).

They have experienced God's mercy. They received God's forgiveness of guilt and are reconciled to God through Jesus' atoning sacrifice. You are an adopted child of God and heir of his kingdom. For this Jesus paid with his blood and you can do nothing, because everything is done, which is necessary for your salvation. Fulfill the law of love in Christ by letting Jesus shine through you. Let the love of Christ flow to your fellow human beings as Jesus loves you.

If someone asks me today, "Do you keep the Sabbath," I answer, "Jesus is my Sabbath!" He is my peace. I have my salvation in Jesus. You too can find your salvation in Jesus!

by Pablo Nauer