jesus is lord of the sabbath
I like to imagine that each person has a bucket full of sand. The limited amount of sand in your bucket represents how much of your time, energy, and love that you can give to others on a weekly basis. The idea is that you will take your bucket and dump sand into the buckets of others who are empty and need God’s love. But, if all you do is give, give, give, then eventually your bucket will be empty too, and you won’t be able to love others the way that God has called us to. (Mark 12:31)
The Sabbath is YOUR day. You are given the Biblical freedom to relax and enjoy time with God. To go back to my analogy, this time with God on the Sabbath is what refills your bucket of sand—so that at the end of the day, you are ready to got out and share some more love once again.
One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grain fields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?” He answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? In the days of Abiathar the high priest, he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.” 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.” -Mark 2:23-28
Jesus confirms for us what we already know. The Law given to Moses was given for the good of mankind—that we may live holy lives, set apart for the good of the Kingdom of Heaven.
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