If we are inclined to believe that Sabbath rest was only part of the Old Covenant, we would be wise to consider these words from the author of Hebrews. “So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience.” (Heb 4:9-11)
There are a few things about this passage that give us instruction to pursue rest. We are told that Sabbath rest survived past the coming, death and resurrection of Jesus. This text is written years after Jesus’ death and Sabbath is still a central theme in the life of believers. Next, we are thold that if we rest we are participating in a sacred ritual that God himself participated in. Finally, we are told to work hard at making sure that we rest in order not to be disobedient toward God. Each of these stand alone as reason enough, but combined they cannot be ignored.
As guilt sets in when we begin a day of rest let’s open up our Bibles to Hebrews 4 and remind ourselves that we are being obedient to God by taking a break.