The Lord of the Sabbath
Throughout Jesus’ ministry He had constant run-ins with the religious leaders of His day. They were always hovering around waiting to catch Him in wrongdoing.
They were threatened by His teaching and His ability to influence groups of people. In fact, they were infuriated by the idea that people were claiming He was the Messiah and creating challenges for them as the religious authority.
People were looking to Jesus for wisdom and guidance. He was walking with people that any self respecting Rabbi would not have walked with. The leaders were frustrated with His ability to challenge them and use the scripture they were supposed to know to defend against their accusations.
In Luke 6:1-5, we find a group of Pharisees creeping up on Jesus and his disciples. They were set on destroying the credibility of Jesus by pointing out that He was going against the law of the Sabbath while the disciples were pulling grain to get something to eat.
In this scene, I picture them being the nosy neighbor peeking over the fence to bust their neighbor on breaking the rules of the HOA.
Anyway, at this point in time the disciples are probably waiting to see what will happen. Will Jesus back down? Will Jesus stand up? Will they get in trouble since they were picking the grain, not Jesus? So many questions and I can only imagine what kind of answers they were making up in their head.
Then, Jesus replies to their accusation with something I’m sure nobody expected, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
If you read the section of scripture, He actually brings them back to an Old Testament story that has nothin to do with the Sabbath, but the idea of religious laws being broken for the good of man. He makes the point that the disciples had been on a good journey and needed to eat to continue on their mission.
He concludes by declaring, “I’m in charge of this day! I am the One who has put this in motion and I will lead my disciples the way I will lead them. Your religious laws have nothing on me.”
Yes, all that is found in, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
I think we all need to rest in this story. Religious laws are important, but if they become a hindrance to the mission of Jesus,then we need to let them go. The Pharisees were trying to hold religious laws over the One who came to fulfill them. He wasn’t going to let them hold Him back.
In this declaration, Jesus shattered the rules of religion to reveal the RULE of God.
That’s freedom found in Jesus!
He is the Holy One. He is the Sabbath. He is what we rest in.
May you find rest in Jesus. May you discover freedom from rules. May you live on mission for the Kingdom and allow Jesus to guide you. May you remember, He is the Lord of the Sabbath and no man has control over Him.
Peace and blessings friends.
QUESTION: What religious rules have you lived by that hinder the mission of Jesus?