Eagle's Landing
The Gospel of Mark: Jesus Is Our Sabbath
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Exodus 20:8-11
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

Three parts to this exchange that are important:
- The Accusation
- The Answer
- The Application

The Accusation! (vs. 2:24, 3:6)

Mark 2:24
And the Pharisees were saying to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?”

Mark 3:2
And they watched Jesus, to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse him.

Mark 3:6
The Pharisees went out and immediately held counsel with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.

The Answer

Mark 3:2
And they watched Jesus, to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse him.

Mark 3:3-5
And he said to the man with the withered hand, “Come here.” And he said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored.

The Application

Mark 2:27-28
And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”

Jesus was saying his authority was greater than the authority of the Sabbath.

What did he mean?

1. As Creator, Christ was the original Lord of the Sabbath (John 1:3; Hebrews 1:10).

2. As Lord He is free to do on it whatever He pleases.

3. As Lord of the Sabbath, Jesus had the right and authority to deal with it in any way He pleased, even abolishing it.

4. Since the Lord of the Sabbath had come, He who is the only true “Sabbath rest,” made the old law of the Sabbath no longer needed or binding.

Colossians 2:13-17
And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him. Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.

What do we learn?

1. Sunday isn’t the new Sabbath, but it is the day Christians gather to worship—it is both biblical and helpful.

2. Sunday isn’t the new Sabbath, but it is helpful to establish a rhythm of rest for your life.

3. For Christians the Sabbath isn’t a day, it’s a person—Jesus is our Sabbath, he is our rest.

Matthew 11:28
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.