Jesus declared that the Son of Man is the Lord of the Sabbath (Matthew 12:8).
Who is the Son of Man? He is.
When is the Sabbath? Now.
In the old covenant, there was a sabbath on the last day of the week. In the new covenant, however, the sabbath is continual. The “day of the Lord” in which we live is “the Sabbath.” It is God’s day of rest from all the work that He did through Christ. It’s been this way ever since the conclusion of New Testament times. That’s when the new covenant was inaugurated, for Jesus Christ came again just when He and His apostles said He would.
Consider Isaiah 58:13 which calls for turning away from doing things for our own pleasure. Isn’t this very much like the instruction Paul gave in 1 Corinthians 10:24 where he said, “Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor”? Or consider 1 Corinthians 16:14 where he wrote, “Let all that you do be done in love.” And then there’s Philippians 2:21 where he condemns those who “seek after their own interests and not those of Christ Jesus.” (All translations from the NASB.) The New Testament is full of admonitions to begin living this way because, at that time, the kingdom of God was at hand.
In other words, the time for having six days a week to ourselves and giving one day to God are over. He wants every day!
All that we see written in the Old and New Testaments was preparing for the time when an eternal Sabbath would be declared – a time for each and every one of us to live in love for the One who created us and redeemed us.
The Son of Man is Lord of this Sabbath. Give Him your attention. Give Him your heart. If you do this, I know that you will reap far more than what you will have sown.
The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.