“Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath”
You are invited to read the following verses. Luke 6:1-11
1 Now it happened on the second Sabbath after the first that He went through the grainfields. And His disciples plucked the heads of grain and ate them, rubbing them in their hands.
2 And some of the Pharisees said to them, “Why are you doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath?”
3 But Jesus answering them said, “Have you not even read this, what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him:
4 how he went into the house of God, took and ate the showbread, and also gave some to those with him, which is not lawful for any but the priests to eat?”
5 And He said to them, “The Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.”
6 Now it happened on another Sabbath, also, that He entered the synagogue and taught. And a man was there whose right hand was withered.
7 So the scribes and Pharisees watched Him closely, whether He would heal on the Sabbath, that they might find an accusation against Him.
8 But He knew their thoughts, and said to the man who had the withered hand, “Arise and stand here.” And he arose and stood.
9 Then Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one thing: Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy?”
10 And when He had looked around at them all, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he did so, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.
11 But they were filled with rage and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus. NKJV
Perhaps you are old enough to remember when most business were closed on Sunday.
We were brought up with the idea that one should work on a Sunday.
As you can see, this was a contentious thought back in Jesus day too. Of course, Christians don’t follow the Sabbath (6 PM to 6 AM, Friday night until Saturday morning.) and it’s laws.
But many Christians used to think we should not work on Sunday. Of course, that has changed tremendously.
And we see Jesus healed on the Sabbath, infuriating the religious leaders.
I will never feel right doing normal work on a Sunday. (I never had one of those jobs where someone must work on Sunday, the medical field, dairy farm, etc.)
However, the Lord has given me the grace to not harass people who do.
That was not always the case, I am glad it is now.