"This is the day, (This is the day) that the Lord hath made, (that the Lord hath made) I will rejoice (I will rejoice) and be glad in it." Can you hear it in your head? I can. I remember my mom waking me and my siblings up every Sabbath morning singing this song. It is scripture, Psalm 118:24, so I don't think it's strictly a Seventh Day Adventist song. This scripture rings true. However, it affects me in a different way today, than it did those Saturday mornings growing up.
My view growing up was that God created and set apart the Sabbath. God blessed the seventh day and rested from work (Gen 2:3). The Sabbath day was to be remembered and kept holy (Exodus 20:8). I don't want to focus on the issue of Saturday Sabbath versus Sunday Sabbath. The issue I want to talk about is the changes that take place from Old Testament to New Testament. It is not an issue of one day holy but all days devoted to Christ, "for the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath" (Matt 12:8). Not one day set apart but a lifestyle set apart.
I do believe that Christians should have a Sabbath, a day to rest from the busyness of work and stress, a day to contemplate the goodness, greatness and worth of our Savior. The early church marked Sunday, the day of Christ's resurrection as the new day of rest. The difference is that we are no longer bound by the rules and ways in which to follow the Sabbath. We are free to enjoy Christ's grace.
Growing up, every Friday we would clean and prepare for Sabbath, on Sabbath we never ate out, never watched TV or movies (that weren't about the Bible). It was a day of "you can't." I remember sitting in front of the TV with my sister waiting for the sun to set so we could turn on the TV to watch "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" (as the sun would set later and later we would miss more and more of the show). Now, Sundays is a time of worship, fellowship, rest and just a good time. Bradley and I sometimes go out to eat after church, and sometimes we don't. Sometimes we go for a walk, and sometimes we take a nap. Sundays may be a little slower than the rest of the week, but my prayer is that every day (not just one day) reflects worship back to Christ.
My experience of keeping the Sabbath wasn't all negative. I remember a lot of family time growing up. Every Friday night we would have family worship, where my dad would play the guitar and we would all sing. We would also close the Sabbath with family devotion. The difference (and my point) is I now have experienced freedom through the saving grace of Christ. My practice of the Sabbath has changed from a day of legalism to a lifestyle of praise. How beautiful it is to wake up every morning and say "this is the day that the Lord hath made. I will rejoice and be glad in it."
For further study on the issue of Sabbath:
-Colossians 2: 16, 17