Jesus Christ removed the law by nailing it to the cross (Col 2:16) thus we no longer have to observe the Sabbath under the law. In that case is the Sabbath abolished?
According to verse 14, it was the “handwriting of requirements that was against us” that God has wiped out and nailed to the cross. The written code was nailed to the cross because it was “contrary to us.” In other words, Christ’s death has freed us from the condemnation of the law.
This passage is not about the doing away of food, drink, festival, new moon, or sabbaths, but the abolition of the written code and regulations concerning these things. For example, God did not wipe out food or drink (in that case, we should not eat or drink), but he removed the regulations about food and drink. Likewise, this passage says nothing about the Sabbath abolished.
The Sabbath, being one of the Ten Commandments, has not been abolished, but the strict regulations concerning the keeping of the Sabbath day were fulfilled by Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. Christians today still need to keep the Ten Commandments.
Is the Sabbath abolished since the Lord Jesus healed the blind on the Sabbath that is recorded in Jn 9:13-16?
Jesus healed on the Sabbath not to abolish the Sabbath but to show that it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath (Mt 12:11-13).
Jesus did not come to abolish the Law but to fulfill it (Mt 5:17-20). The Pharisees condemned Jesus of breaking the Sabbath; yet Jesus was actually demonstrating the correct way to keep the Sabbath.
Jesus never said that it was not necessary to keep the Sabbath. In fact, he himself always kept the Sabbath (Lk 4:16; 13:10; Mk 6:2).
Is there any biblical basis for the argument that Christians should observe Sunday in place of the Sabbath, in order to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus?
No, there is not. While the Bible records that Jesus died and rose on the first day of the week (Mt 28:1-8; Lk 24:1-3), there is no reason to infer that Christians gained a new teaching to observe Sunday in place of the Sabbath.
Christians who argue for the need to observe Sunday often cite Revelation 1:10 in an attempt to prove the overriding significance of this day. However, there are two problems with this argument: one is that there is no indication that the “Lord’s Day” mentioned in this verse refers to Sunday; a second is that, even if the “Lord’s Day” did refer to Sunday, we still cannot assume that we have a new commandment to commemorate the Lord’s resurrection on this day, or that it replaces the Sabbath. The Bible simply does not give us these teachings.
Concerning the argument that Jesus abolished the Sabbath, again, there is no biblical basis for this. He neither abolished it, nor gave His disciples a new commandment to observe Sunday. Instead, we learn that Jesus Himself observed the Sabbath (Lk 4:16; 6:6), as did the apostles (Acts 13:14, 44; 16:13; 17:1–2; 18:4). What Jesus did do was to teach the people about the true significance of the Sabbath—for example, that it is a day for doing good to others (Lk 6:9). Moreover, when challenged for not complying with the rabbis’ legalistic regulations, He declared, “The Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath” (Lk 6:5). In other words, the Sabbath belongs to Jesus; indeed, He instituted it because He was the one who made the heavens and the earth and rested on the seventh day ( Jn 1:1–3).
Our Lord Jesus Christ did not have Sabbath abolished. Being one of the Ten Commandments, the Sabbath is still a day that all Christians must keep.
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