The keeping of the Sabbath comes as a Christian obligation by divine example and by divine command. God rested after creation, and in the fourth commandment He instructed us to keep the Sabbath.
Its importance can be seen in its priority. It was first mentioned in Genesis and in the wilderness before the law was given on Sinai. Notice also its perpetuity, lasting from Genesis through life on earth to heaven (Heb. 4:9). As to its position, it is the keystone in the arch of the law, spanning mans duty to God and to his fellow man. Its primacy among the holy convocations of Leviticus 23 is evident, as it is the only moral command, the rest being ceremonial.
Christians observe the first-day Sabbath. It is the day of rejoicing and gladness, commemorating the resurrection of Christ (Psa. 118:22-24). By contrast, the seventh-day Sabbath was a day of intense sorrow and sadness when Christ was in the grave.
The Christian Sabbath, or Lord's Day, was observed by the disciples. They met together for the preaching of the Word, sat together in remembrance at the Lords Table, and collected offerings for the support of Gods work. It was also the day when the apostle John had a vision of the risen and exalted Christ.
Observance of the Lord's Day is an intelligent practice. We must have rest from toil, perhaps all the more with the pressures of late twentieth-century life. We must stop and worship God.
There should be solemn preparation for the Lords Day. We should take time to meditate upon the Lord and His goodness by way of soul preparation. We should pray the Lord to impart some special blessing from His Word as we meet to worship. The Sabbath then will not be a drudgery, but a delight to the soul.