“I have put the Lord before me at all times; because he is at my right hand, I will not be moved” (Psalm 16:8, Bible in Basic English).
One day I heard a radio preacher talking about heaven and the tree of life. He said there will be no more sorrow, wounds, haunting dreams, or dashed hopes in heaven. He said that in heaven there will be no more spiritual failures, struggles with imperfections, or wishing you could serve God better. There will be no more resisting or battling with the flesh, the world, and the devil. He said that in heaven, no one will live in bondage to sin. There will be no more pain of separation. There will be no more remorse or guilt. There will be no darkness or night there. He said that heaven offers every occupant a new mind. Then he said, “In this life, you have never known one minute of these pleasures. In your best day, hour, or minute, you have never experienced any of this.” The preacher added, “You will never experience perfect peace or perfect freedom from sin or perfect joy or satisfaction until you are in heaven.”
“No, no!” I protested to myself. “This isn’t God’s truth! Doesn’t this man know the Gift of God? If all of these blessings are still in the future, why am I experiencing so many of them now? How can he tell me that sadness, pain, toil, and death are my lot in life when I experience perfect joy, perfect delight, perfect rest, and perfect Life in my Savior right now? These blessings are present reality in my life, and they are all included in the Gift of God – the perfect Righteousness of Christ!”
“There will be no sorrow, wounds, haunting dreams or dashed hopes in heaven” – But Christ has already healed my broken heart. The leaves of the tree, His promises of grace and power, nurture and sustain me right now. I am healed and whole in Him.
“…With his stripes we are healed” Isaiah 53:5.
“And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole…” Luke 8:48.
I ‘Sabbath’ in Christ’s healing Presence.
“There will be no spiritual failures, struggles with imperfections, or wishing you could serve God better in heaven; there will be no battling with the flesh, the world, and the devil in heaven” – But Christ has already fought the battle for me and won! I stand as a conqueror right now!
“…Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” John 16:33.
I ‘Sabbath’ in Christ’s victory.
“No one will live in bondage to sin in heaven” – But Christ has already freed me from Babylon, and I am no longer a servant to sin but to righteousness! Right now I am free!
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” John 8:32.
“Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness” Romans 6:18.
I ‘Sabbath’ in Christ’s freedom.
- “There will be no pain of separation in heaven” – Christ’s sons and daughters who are one in Him are already connected by His Spirit. I enjoy oneness of spirit with my brothers and sisters in Christ near and far right now!
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another…” 1 John 1:7.
I ‘Sabbath’ in this place of unity.
- “In heaven there will be no remorse or guilt” – But Christ has already washed away my sins and my guilt forever! He is my Joy. How can I be sad when I have fullness of joy in His Presence right now?
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” 1 John 1:9.
“…In thy presence is fulness of joy…” Psalm 16:11.
I ‘Sabbath’ in Christ’s forgiveness and in His joy.
- “There will be no darkness or night in heaven” – Christ is my Light already! I live in the Light. I am light! The night is over – joy comes in the morning – and the day has dawned in my life. The Sun, the Day Star, has risen in my heart, right now!
“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world…” John 8:12.
“Ye are the light of the world…” Matthew 5:14.
“…Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning” Psalm 30:5.
“…That ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” 1 Peter 2:9.
“…Until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts” 2 Peter 1:19.
I ‘Sabbath’ in the Light, the very ‘day-ness’ of our Redeemer’s shining Presence, His glory.
- “Heaven offers a new mind” – But Christ as already given me a new mind! I am a completely new creation right now!
“If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: … all things are become new” 2 Corinthians 5:17.
“…We have the mind of Christ” 1 Corinthians 2:16.
I ‘Sabbath’ in Christ and His mind is in me.
This continual, ‘present reality’ resting in the perfect righteousness Christ now heightens my experience on the Day of Delight, God’s weekly seventh-day Sabbath. The Bible says:
“God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them…and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made” Genesis 1:31; 2:1-3.
The seventh-day Sabbath was and is a memorial of God’s perfect work of creation and thus a sign of God’s power and His love. It is His oasis in time, a gift of physical, mental, and spiritual rest at the end of the work week. We purposefully set aside our “regular rush” and daily toil and wait in quietness before Him. The silence of the soul during those sacred hours amplifies His melodious voice speaking to the heart and we rest more completely in His holy presence.
The Bible tells us that “He hath made His wonderful works to be remembered” (Psalm 111:4). The weekly Sabbath invites us to delight in God’s wondrous works in nature and brings us into closer communion with the Creator. It is there in His presence that we can find comfort because the powerful Word that said, “Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3) and created all things is the very same Word who speaks life to our souls.
The seventh-day Sabbath was not merely for Adam and Eve and for the children of Israel. It is for us today. Like the other precepts of the Decalogue, it is of everlasting obligation. When God’s garden once again blooms here on earth, His holy rest day will be honored by all beneath the sun. The inhabitants of the new earth will go up to worship before the Lord from one Sabbath to another (see Isaiah 66:23).
Praise to our merciful Savior, our beautiful King, for the Gift of God, Christ’s Righteousness and ‘Sabbath-ing’ in Him! May you find true rest in Him, is my prayer for you.