Sabbatarian Argument: Christ our example kept the Sabbath! Therefore we must keep the Sabbath!”
And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. Luke 4:16
- If Jesus’ example proves we must keep it,
JESUS COMMANDED A LEPER THAT HE HEALED, TO PERFORM ANIMAL SACRIFICES BEFORE THE PRIEST AT THE TEMPLE.
After healing a leper “Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.” Matthew 8:4.
Read Leviticus 13:2-46 and you will see just how deeply the animal sacrifices were involved in the “gift that Moses commanded,” those cleansed leprosy. Why did Moses include 44 verses for something that was at the time INCURABLE? Elisha aided in THE MIRACLE that cured a man of leprosy in his day, and Moses family witnessed such tokens from heaven. However NO ONE ELSE was ever cured of Leprosy in Bible times without a miracle from God. Christ commanded the leper to give these animal sacrifices because at the time they were still under the authority of the law and the prophets and Christ wanted the people to know that he was obedient to the Torah. Secondly this served as “a testimony unto them,” that God through Christ Jesus had healed this man, just as God through Moses and Elisha witnessed healing in their day. This proved Christ was at the very least sent from God.
The Jewish law had many commands and rules, but Christ ended that law. Ephesians 2:15 (NCV)
After Jesus was risen we find in Luke 24:44:
“And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.”
AFTER CHRIST WAS RISEN THE APOSTLES BEGAN TO TEACH OTHERS HOW CHRIST FULFILLED THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS.
“And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.” Act 28:23
Christ had fulfilled so many things in the law and the prophets that it took all day to go over them with the people.
But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.