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3 Reasons Why Christians Should Celebrate Shabbat

Lighting the candles

Recently, there has been a call to #showupforshabbat in support of the Jewish community. It’s a show of shared respect, love and mourning. An although we heed that call, we need to “show up for Shabbat” all year round! Yes, even as Christians. In fact, we should be showing up for all of the high holy days and festivals of Israel. Shabbat is a weekly appointment that we have with God that we simply don’t want to miss.

At Shining Bright Preschool, we are ALL on a path of learning more about God. We read His word, we worship Him, and we meditate on who He is and what He has done. And we are on a road of discovery to learn more about God’s appointed times. Let us remember that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He invited Israel to these appointed times and through Christ, he has extended that invitation to all peoples!

Here we will go over a few reasons why we should celebrate Shabbat.

#1 Because it was stablished from the very beginning!

Genesis 2 “Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.3 Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”

Exodus 20:11 “For in six days the Lordmade the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore, the Lordblessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

Leviticus 23:3 “There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a day of Sabbath rest, a day of sacred assembly. You are not to do any work; wherever you live, it is a Sabbath to the Lord.”

After all that hard work, He rested. He made a holy day for resting and communing with Him. This happened before any recorded religion or belief system. It was only Him. Therefore, we are to restand assembleon the seventh day wherever we live, because it’s a day that belongs to Him. We see this over and over in the Bible, in both Old and New testaments.

#2 Because Yeshua celebrated Shabbat, and His apostles celebrated Shabbat even after He was risen.

Mark 2:27 “The Sabbath was made for man”

Luke 4:16 “He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. (…)”

Here we can see Yeshua observing Shabbat, and by the way, in this chapter Luke shows us just how awesome He is.

Colossians 2: 16-17“Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.17 These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.”

Throughout the Bible we see people observing Shabbat, from Genesis to Hebrews, believers celebrate it (or observe it, depending on the translation).

Shabbat at home

#3 Because amazing things happen when you celebrate Shabbat at home

Not only are we encouraged to celebrate it, it’s the 4th commandment (Deuteronomy 5:12). On that account, there are many benefits for you and your family. Keeping His appointed times are great opportunities to be together, bask in His love, and share the blessings with our family and friends.

We all need some rest after a hectic week, so how about we take some time to unplug, unwind, and chill with our children? Some down time where we can read a passage, talk about it, and pray together and be thankful as a family. There are many activities that you can do to celebrate Shabbat, or even better, ask your children what they suggest you guys can do to celebrate, they’ll love to be involved, and their answer might surprise you.

Here are some of the benefits of spending your Friday night observing the Sabbath:

  • We honor Him and we welcome God into our homes

  • Quality family time

  • Thankful mindset

  • Good examples for the younger generations

  • Promotes mental health

  • Opens communication channels between family members

Student with Shabbat art

Shining Bright Preschool Celebrates Shabbat On Fridays

On Friday at the end of our day we celebrate Shabbat, where we talk with the children about God and teach them about His person. After we read the scripture, we encourage children to think about how we can see His work in their lives, how they can apply what we read into the daily routines, and encourage them to lead each other in prayer. Our students celebrate with songs, dancing and merriment, and that’s how we set the tone for the weekend.

We hope this post inspires you to take this day and celebrate at home. You can honor the tradition with the lighting of the candles, reading, dinner, and rest. You may ask a Jewish friend to share the tradition with you, you can find a Messianic Jewish celebration here, find the weekly readings here, and pray that God lead’s you in the development of your own family’s traditions. Whichever way you choose to celebrate, please keep in mind the spirit with which we do this, remember why we keep this appointed time with Him, and that it is in Yeshua that we find our purpose.

If you’re still doubtful, ask yourself: What would Yeshua do?

He celebrated Shabbat.

Love and serve others and embrace your roots. Please let us know how your family celebrates on Friday night. Shabbat Shalom!

Stay tuned for our next post, we’ll talk about ways to celebrate Shabbat at home with the little ones.