The purpose of the Sabbath Day was never intended to teach people to rest in God one day of the week and to trust their own hard work the other six. That day was a token, a sign teaching them to trust God every day. It is to me so sad to see that just like the Pharisees of Jesus’ day, some of the most careful and scrupulous observers of Sabbath days today think that by their effort to scrupulously keep the Sabbath they are earning God’s blessings, and their legalistic attitudes are seen the rest of the week in their frantic activity trying to do everything perfectly.
The New Testament Sabbath is the reality of which the Old Testament Sabbath was just a sign. The New Testament Sabbath is the resting in Christ and His salvation every day, and doing it whether one is at church, at work, at play, or wherever. It is not the observance of a day- those ceremonies passed away with Christ. It is the observance of a mindset, one of faith and trust with God, every day.