About Sabbath . . . What did Jesus do to restore a proper understanding?

March 14, 2020

Matthew 12:1-2, 9-14; Mark 3:1-6; Lue 6:6-11; 13:10-17; 14:1-6; John 5:1-18; 9:1-34

Jesus broke the Sabbath taboos, but he also never sinned, which means he “kept the Sabbath holy.” How do blessings get turned into curses? It seems that the way Jesus related to the Sabbath was to return to its original intent: it was made for people—people weren’t made for it! It fits the New Testament idea that the law is meant to be descriptive of the life of a follower of Jesus, not a means to please or appease God. For example, if you are a God follower, you don’t follow other gods. If you are a God follower, you don’t make idols or misuse God’s name; you honor your elders, don’t murder, commit adultery, steal, testify falsely or covet. And you remember the Sabbath.