Lord of the Sabbath

We have been studying the Sabbath in our Sunday School class and it has been a wonderful and enlightening study (see my previous posts on this here and here). And on first glance, it may seem like a dry academic topic to study, but I have been finding it very enriching and actually vital to our walk of faith and grace.

Jesus, Lord of the Sabbath

Our class, although going through the scriptures in a methodical way, finds our discussions going all over the map. I just want to share a few of the things I’ve been touched by, in no particular order.

  • the Sabbath pre-dated the Law and was part of the innocence of Creation
  • the Law of the Sabbath seemed intended to stop a person from pursuing the work of their normal job
  • the Sabbath encouraged a trust in God for provision, just as the travels in the wilderness with God providing manna
  • the Law of the Sabbath allowed caring for others (human or beast)
  • the priests were allowed to do their work of ministering before the Lord and for the people on the Sabbath
  • Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath, and He reveals the fuller substance of the Sabbath, while the Law of the Sabbath was only a shadow
  • on the Sabbath God completed His work saying it was finished and very good; on the cross, Jesus completed the work of salvation saying it was finished
  • man (whether Pharisees or not) always tries to add to the requirements of the Word, as he did for the Sabbath
  • Jesus is our high priest and He is also guilt free in ministering on the Sabbath (even from a human perspective)
  • Jesus is the One through whom all things were created…and that fact alone makes Him Lord of the Sabbath

The Sabbath: a foreshadowing

In all of this I’ve come to be impressed more and more that God’s desire for us in the Sabbath is that we find our rest in HIS work, in HIS protection and in HIS provision. It is a beautiful pointer to the fullness of grace and mercy and faith we find in Jesus. The Sabbath is a gift He gave to His children – a weekly reminder of the fact that we are watched over by a loving Father, who knew how easy it is for us to get caught up in our lives and in our own gains. He set before us the boundaries of the Sabbath in the Law to prepare our hearts for the REALITY of the Sabbath in our Savior – our true and real picture of rest. Jesus, the Lord of the Sabbath, is the One who gives us eternal rest from the work of our own salvation. He is the One whose work makes our rest possible. Hallelujah!

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