Pastor Jeff Knott continues the sermon series “God Wants Us to Have a Sabbath Heart” with “Lord of the Sabbath”:
Sabbath gives us permission to stop regularly. We get to choose that our lives would be restored, we get to choose space for us to have life again.
That’s really good news in a 24/7, more is better, life depends on me, kind of world.
What Sabbath does is invites us to adopt a 24/6 understanding of life. That’s a far better and doable outlook on life.
We need to hear from Jesus because Jesus is the fulfillment of the law. We need to understand a nuanced understanding of the law. He provides clarity to what sometimes can be harsh demands.
No other nation in the world has ever had a day of rest as part of their culture. It’s a purely Jewish notion.
Keeping the Sabbath was a case of national pride. It’s so important to their national identity.
A fence of rule and more rules and more rules – don’t you think all those fences kept people out of God’s grace? That’s what legalism is. It shuts us off from grace.
Rule keeps are often score keepers as well. These are folks that keep track of who is doing right and who is doing wrong.
Haven’t you lost something if your concern is only for the rules and not the people they’re meant to help? Love of neighbour trumps the rules. The person comes first, not the rules.
Jesus is claiming to have the authority to say what is permissible on the Sabbath. The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.
The Lord desires mercy.
It’s lawful to do good on the Sabbath.
Sabbath should be about ceasing so you can rest so you can do good.
Refuse constant activity and pursue what is good.