Do I really need to go to church?

Deuteronomy 5:12

“Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the Lord your God has commanded you.”

Out of all of God’s 10 commandments, this one receives more commentary and explanation than any of the others. God really wants us to pay attention to it and understand it well.

To observe the Sabbath and keep it holy is to set aside time in which we relax and remember all that God has done for us. In Old Testament times, that day of rest and contemplation used to be on Saturday (Sabbath), the seventh day, for in six days God created everything and on the seventh, he rested. But now we are free to observe the “Sabbath” on any day of the week because that rest only symbolizes the true rest that would be found in Jesus. The Sabbath was the shadow, but Jesus is the real thing.

Typically, Christians will use Sunday as their “Sabbath,” because Sunday, the first day of the week, is when Jesus rose from the dead. But this is simply a tradition, not a command. We can remember that Jesus nailed all our failures to the cross on any day of the week. This truth compels us to keep the “Sabbath.” Just as our bodies need rest, so do our souls. That rest for our souls only comes when we take time to worship God and study his Word, where we are assured that our sins are forgiven through Jesus.

Vicar V.