Red Letter Day 26: Lord of the Sabbath
2015 Lent Blog
Sunday March 15
One thing we have a hard time understanding about Jesus was his conflict with the Jewish religious leaders of his day in the way they regarded the Sabbath. In our day we can easily understand Jesus and his view of the Sabbath that is evidenced by the passage above. In Jesus day people would not work on a Sabbath, in fact they would try to control all activity. You can still see this in buildings in Israel today where elevators are programmed to stop at every floor, during the Sabbath day, so you would not have to work (press a floor button). I have never thought of pressing the 10th floor button of a high rise as work, but I do think climbing 10 flights of stairs might be called work in some circles. In fact Jesus was regularly criticized for healing someone on the Sabbath. Jesus asked the question, “Should we do good things on the Sabbath?”
The Sabbath day is a blessing that gives people who are constantly under the gun to produce. This is a revolutionary idea where slaves, farmers, and many hard working people would work every day. God knows we need rest and a chance to pause in whatever we are doing. In fact Jesus says the Sabbath was created for you. Today I may say do you need a break from your cell phone? Do you need a break from anything that is a constant 24/7 demand on your life? God knows this and has a plan to give you rest.
In Christ’s Service,