THE STORY OF JESUS: John 9:13-23
“This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.” (John 9:16)
The original idea of the sabbath was to give workers a break from their work.
It was a gift day, a bonus holiday, every week, for the body to be renewed.
Jesus understood the value of personal renewal, He often took sabbath breaks.
But the sabbath is not a day to stop living and loving.
Caring, sharing, loving and serving are daily tasks, as normal as breathing.
It’s not a job, for which we slave, so that we can make money.
It should be the default state of every living human being, always.
The religious leaders turned the sabbath into a burden.
‘Don’t do this, don’t do that…’ but they were missing the point.
God blesses us with the gift of rest, but we never rest from loving God or people.
It is a continuous debt that must always be paid.
“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another,
for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.” (Romans 13:8)
Jesus was not breaking the law, He was fulfilling it!
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, Lord, thank You for the gift of rest. But with Your help, may I never rest from loving You or people!