What does John 5:18 really teach about Sabbath Keeping?
By Wilbur C. Dornberger
“In John 5:18 the issue is really whether Jesus Christ kept the Sabbath or not, and whether or not Christians are obligated to keep a day that (as some teach) their Lord Himself defiled or profaned.
In regard to this question several scriptures come so forcefully to mind; they are 2 Corinthians 5:21: “For he hath made him [Jesus Christ] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” “We have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God . . .[who] was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:14, 15). “Sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). “Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: everyone that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people” (Exodus 31:14). “The letter (of the law) killeth, but the spirit giveth life” (2 Corinthians 3:6).
We must conclude from the above that Jesus never transgressed, defiled, or departed from the will of God…”
(this article is an excerpt from the Oct 1980 edition of the Sabbath Sentinel)
To read the rest of this article, which starts on page 6, click this link: https://biblesabbath.org/media/tss_282Oct1980.pdf