Just Jesus and Me
Jesus and the Sabbath
Scripture Reading: Mark 2:23-26
Key Verses: Mark 2:27-28
Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”
I want to treat special days like Jesus treated these special days. Today’s scripture gives us a glimpse of how Jesus treated the Sabbath.
The Pharisees were not impressed. We read that they were offended at Jesus’s approach to the Sabbath. Had they accepted Jesus as the Son of God, they would have learned a new perspective on their traditional views. They did not believe He was the Son of God.
Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God? If so, let’s learn to walk as Jesus did, on the “holy days.”
First, we learn that Jesus treated the weekly holy day, the Sabbath for them, as a restful day. He told these Pharisees that it was a day made for man. It was to honor man, not the other way around.
Our weekly day of rest is no longer Saturday as it was for the Jews, but our weekly day is still our day to rest. God, our Creator, knew we all need a day per week to recharge the energy in our minds, emotions, and physical body. Jesus knew that no one needed more rules to keep, but rather need rest to enjoy.
Secondly, Jesus used the Jewish Sabbath to read the scriptures and discuss eternal truths. Throughout His earthly ministry we see Jesus going into the synagogues to be a part of their services.
We who want to walk like Jesus must follow His pattern of weekly worship. We must dedicate part of our weekly day of rest to reading the Bible, praying, and worshiping with other believers.
Our Sabbath is not a rule, rather it is a privilege for God’s children and serves us well in this life!
Father, help me to avoid being harsh in my rules. Help me to enjoy walking with Jesus in everyday living. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.