The Hope of Sabbath

That day was the Preparation, and the Sabbath drew near.
Luke 23:54

Most of us naturally forget that the drawing near of Sabbath did not mean that it would soon be dawn, but that it would soon be night. As Joseph and Nicodemus carried the lifeless body of Jesus they hurried. By law they must be done before the dark of Sabbath.

But the dark of the beginning of Sabbath rest was not a curse but a sign of hope. The sun had set on the final hour of labor for the week. The hours ahead -all 24 of them belonged to God. God intended for Sabbath to be more than simply endured. Sabbath was God’s special day and a time to be anxiously awaited and hoped for. Jesus lay still in the tomb on the day of rest in hope of the resurrection. There was no defeat in that darkness but a joyful quiet waiting knowing what The Father had planned.

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Author: pastorpete51

My wife and I serve as members of a worship team at a multicultural church. Our members are from Brazil, Nepal and the U.S.. Because of the many languages and cultures in our local body we face unique challenges, such as how many songs will we do in English today? What new songs can we use in either language that are simple enough for the people to sing. The songs, the devotions and insights here are a small portion of some of the ways God is leading us as we push towards the goal. I pray that these will be both a blessing and an encouragement for those of you who may pass by Praise 2 Worship.

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