The following verses is part of Jesus’ response to the Pharisees, who attempted to confront Jesus on account of His disciples picking and eating grain on the Sabbath. — This is what God gave me today in His word:
I tell you, something greater than the temple is here. And if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.” (Matthew 12:6-8)’
“The Son of Man,” which is just a way in which Jesus refers to Himself, “is lord of the Sabbath.” Jesus leaves this statement hanging, with no explanation, aside from the context which He said in, as to its meaning. Well, we know that “lord” means that He has dominion over, or is the master of, the Sabbath. And we also know that in the previous verses, Jesus declared His disciples, who were “breaking” the Sabbath, to be innocent. Bit that doesn’t really tell us anything we couldn’t already infer. So, what exactly does Christ mean when He calls Himself the lord of the Sabbath?
Jesus died and rose again for a couple of main reasons: first and foremost, to actually save us; to crucify our old nature and give us a new one. Another reason though, was to fulfill the law and the prophets. (Something we’ve discussed earlier, in this post). Part of the law, as you may have been able to guess, is the Sabbath. How did Jesus’ death and Resurrection fulfill the Sabbath? By replacing the day of rest we had in the Old Testament, with the rest we now have in Jesus. Jesus is our rest; He’s the lord of rest (what is the Sabbath, if not rest?). We can find our peace in Him which is greater than the Temple, and all the laws that go with it.
So, let’s find our rest from all our struggles, and problems, in Christ.
You are Loved!