"It's the supreme art of the devil that he can make the law out of the gospel. If I can hold on to the distinction between law and gospel, I can say to him any and every time that he should kiss my backside. . . . Once I debate about what I have done and left undone, I am finished. But if I reply on the basis of the gospel, 'The forgiveness of sins covers it all,' I have won."
-- Martin Luther
The sermon...(color me frustrated) on the Sabbath. I heard on "Issues Etc." that one way to critique a sermon is to count the number of times that "Jesus" is mentioned. This sermon: ZERO.
The point the pastor made was that God used the Sabbath to show us that we (humans) need a rhythm and rest and we should follow God's example because of our health and well-being.
It should have the OPENING...not the conclusion.
We follow the Sabbath commandment, not only because of our health and well-being (and because it's a commandment) -
we should also keep it at the forefront of our minds, our souls, our hearts...that God have us the Sabbath Law as a foreshadowing of things to come.
(That matter of first importance)
Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures.
Because of Christ's finished work on the cross, we no longer depend on the works of the Law for our salvation.
Christ IS our Sabbath rest.
Not only that, but those who are found in Christ should reflect on the Sabbath and use that time to reflect on our future...the eternal Sabbath.