“The Lord of the Sabbath

This Weeks Meditation:  “Lord of the Sabbath”
Read: Mark 2:23-28

It seems like there has been an ongoing debate for many years now about what Christians should and should not do on the Sabbath (Sunday).  Many times in the Gospels we see the Pharisees being very strict and condemning about certain things that happen on the day that God declared for rest.

In this passage in Mark 2 Jesus and his disciples are walking through the grain fields on their way to their next destination when they begin to pick some of the grain to eat.  The Pharisees become upset and say, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”

Jesus then refers to an example of David from 1 Samuel 21 to explain that the Sabbath was made for our good, we were not made for the good of the Sabbath (v. 27-28).  In other words, the Sabbath is a day for us to worship the Lord, rest, and enjoy a change from the normal routine of our week.

This doesn’t mean that we should come up with a long list of do’s and dont’s for the Sabbath, it simply means that we should use it as a day to honor God, celebrate the joy that Jesus brings to our lives, and enjoy our time with family and friends.

There are even other examples in the Gospels where Jesus and his disciples healed on the Sabbath in order to bring God’s mercy to people.  They didn’t work to increase their estate, they worked to increase God’s blessings to others.

Jesus simply is telling the Pharisees and us today that we should be wise about the Sabbath.  Yes, it should be different from the other six days of your week, but it shouldn’t be a source of burden or division for His church.

When Sunday rolls around, give God your utmost attention (worship) first and foremost, and then enjoy the day that He has given you to rest and recharge your physical and spiritual batteries for life.  Remember, Jesus is Lord even of the Sabbath (v.28).

Make it Personal:  Obviously every day is the Lords; but what do you do to make yourself aware of that?  Sunday is a special day that Christians set aside to worship the Lord together, but what are we doing throughout the week to worship the Lord individually or in our family?

Have a great week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life
Arthur Mennonite Church