The Lord’s Day: “Not a yoke, but a blessing.”

Last Lord’s Day, the following was on the front of our Worship Bulletin. It is a reminder to all the people of God that the Lord’s Day is His gift to us to be able to turn aside one day in every seven to worship Him in Spirit and Truth as the people of God.

I will now let J. C. Ryle speak for himself:

“The Sabbath is God’s merciful appointment for the benefit of all mankind. It is not a yoke, but a blessing. It is not a burden, but a mercy. It is not a hard wearisome requirement, but a mighty benefit. It carries with it its own reward. It is good for man’s body, mind and above all, his soul.

I do not want anyone to misunderstand my meaning, when I bid him to keep the Sabbath holy. I do not tell anyone that he ought to pray all day, or read his Bible all day, or go to church all day, or meditate all day, on a Sunday. All I say is, that the Sunday rest should be a holy rest. God ought to be kept in view; God’s Word ought to be studied; God’s House ought to be attended; the soul’s business ought to be specially considered; and I say that everything which prevents the day being kept holy in this way, ought as far as possible to be avoided.

I am no admirer of a gloomy religion. Let no one suppose that I want Sunday to be a day of sadness and unhappiness. I want every Christian to be a happy man: I wish him to have “joy and peace in believing.” I want everyone to regard Sunday as the brightest, most cheerful day of all the seven; and I tell everyone who finds such a Sunday as I advocate a wearisome day, that there is something sadly wrong in the state of his heart. I tell him plainly that if he cannot enjoy a “holy” Sunday, the fault is not in the day, but in his own soul.”

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