THE STORY OF JESUS: Mark 2:23-28
“The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” (Mark 2:27)
God’s rest on the seventh day (Genesis 2:2-3) was for humans, not for Himself.
His work was complete (Hebrews 4:4), now humanity could live and work in that rest.
In creation Sabbath was not one day in seven, but everyday peace of life with God.
This rest is our goal, it is our destiny, what we were made for (Hebrews 4:9-11).
The Sabbath of the Moses Law was a symbol pointing to this promised rest.
But the religious leaders took this blessing and made it into a burden.
‘Don’t do this, don’t that, follow these microscopic rules or be condemned.’
They sucked the life out of God’s gift, and made God’s rest something to be hated.
Jesus releases us from Sabbath Law, and restores us to Sabbath Rest.
Come to Jesus, and He will give you rest in your soul, for every day (Matthew 11:28).
Are you living under the law of Sabbath, or in the gift of Sabbath?
Do you allow yourself to enjoy life – work and rest – as an everyday experience?
With Jesus, everything we do can flow from God’s peace and rest from our hearts.
As Jesus followers, we can show the world how life was meant to be lived.
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, may others experience Your rest in me. May they be attracted to You when they see the sabbath rhythm of my life in You.