The crux of keeping the sabbath day contention has to begin and end with Jesus Christ in Matthew 12:1-8 because Jesus is directly addressing the topic when the Pharisees were seeking to condemn His disciples for profaning the sabbath day. Now sabbath day keeper contenders have to answer these 6 questions. #1 How were the O.T. saints blameless for profaning the sabbath day? #2 What did Jesus mean "in this place is one greater than the temple."? #3 How are the disciples guiltless in the eyes of Jesus? Matthew 12:1 At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn and to eat. 2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day. 3 But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him; 4 How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests? 5 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless? 6 But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple. 7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless. 8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day. #4 Could it be that Jesus is greater than the Temple? Colossians 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. 21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: 23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister; #5 Could it be that the believer's body is the temple of the Holy Spirit now & forever? 1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. #6 Could it be that Jesus Christ is in us by faith is why we are guiltless now & forever? 2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? May the Lord help you to answer these six questions to find your rest in your contention.