Lord of the Sabbath

March 24 | Mark 2:27-28

“And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath, therefore, the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”” (Mark 2:27–28)

Holidays change their meaning the longer they are around. Christmas began as a holiday celebrating Jesus’ birth and has become about Santa and his reindeer. Easter was about the resurrection of Jesus and now it’s about bunnies and chocolate eggs.

We’ve done the same thing with the Sabbath. Jews worship the Sabbath on Saturday, and Christians on Sundays. Worship days have become leisure days devoted to sports instead of worship. People take quite literally the command to not work, and use it as a play day.

The Sadducees in Jesus’ day had taken it so literally that healing was considered work. But Jesus didn’t place that restriction upon himself as the Son of God. Miracles and healings are God’s works that he wants to do on his day.

We were made to live in God’s presence. One reason Jesus was arrested and crucified was because of his healings on the Sabbath. He was doing the Father’s works on his day. And he wants to work his miracles in you every day.

Action Step: Take time to rest in Jesus today. Whether it’s your Sabbath day or not, God wants you to live in his rest, protection, and provision. He wants to rule your heart every day. Bless his name and worship him.

Heavenly Father, thank you that you modeled the Sabbath for me. I rest in your presence and glorify your name today. I bless your name for all of your great works and how you have changed my life. Let my mouth always be full of praise for you.

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