Simple Truth: Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath

How is it possible that something so simple as waiting and resting can become so complicated?  Is it just me, or a Type-A American phenomenon?  Or maybe it’s human nature to complicate something as easy as rest?  Jesus sets things simple and straight.

He’s Lord of the Sabbath

Mark 2: 23 One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. 24 The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?” 25 He answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? 26 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.” 27 Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28 So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”



The Pharisees couldn’t stand it that manmade rules were being shunted off to the side as Jesus asserted His authority. 

Before I come down too hard on the Pharisees, do I do this too? 

  • How many times on a Sunday do I ask myself whether it’s right, proper, or biblical to shop at a garden center, grocery store, or even go to a restaurant or a gas station? 
  • After all, doesn’t my patronage violate someone else’s Sabbath adherence? 
  • What about people who celebrate the Sabbath on a Saturday? 
  • Am I just justifying my desire to shop by asserting that not everyone is Christian or observes the same day? 
  • When I was employed at a garden center, I asked for Sunday morning to be able to worship but after church, there I was, working my tail off the rest of the Sabbath, yes?  
  • What about when I was a pastor?  Didn’t I work then?  Sure I did, just like other pastors, I was working on Sunday. 

A Sabbath can still be a resting time even if not a prescribed day on a calendar.

For practical purposes, the Blue Laws (prohibiting business on Sundays) may have disappeared from many locales for everything except alcohol and cars, but they are alive and well in my heart.  And I’m not the only one.  Some stores deliberately close on Sundays to prevent that very problem:  Hobby Lobby, Chick-fil-A, and many other small businesses. 

With the secularizing of America, Blue Laws are a thing of the past.   As I struggle to rest—even on a Sunday—I remind myself of this Simple Truth:  He is Lord of the Sabbath.


Categories Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals | Tags: | Posted on May 23, 2018

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