From Pastor Brady
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.” Mark 2:27-28
How is Jesus the “Lord of the Sabbath?” Why does he get to make such a bold claim?
Jesus created Sabbath
Jesus is the Creator. He wasn’t just present at creation, he created. “All things were made by him” (John 1:3). And “by him all things were created” (Col. 1:16). If he is the creator, he is also the rester. The creator of Sabbath.
16 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. 17 These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. Colossians 2:16-17.
Jesus provides true Sabbath rest
God resting from His work after Creation (Gen. 2:1-3) is a picture of a greater work and rest. God’s greatest work is His redemptive work. That work is also done. Finished. Complete. Jesus cried “It is finished!” from the cross.
And yet, at the same time, that work is ongoing; just as God continued to work after Genesis 1. God did not finish creation and then sit back and do nothing. He was still at work. But He worked FROM a position of rest.
In the redemptive work, the job is finished and yet God is still at work FROM a position of rest. This is how Hebrews explains it:
Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it. 2 For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened. 3 For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said,
“As I swore in my wrath,
‘They shall not enter my rest,’”
although his works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4 For he has somewhere spoken of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.” 5 And again in this passage he said,
“They shall not enter my rest.”
6 Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience, 7 again he appoints a certain day, “Today,” saying through David so long afterward, in the words already quoted,
“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts.”
8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken of another day later on. 9 So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, 10 for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.
11 Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. Hebrews 4:1-11.
All of redemptive history looked forward to the day of rest: Creation, Joshua, David. But that day of rest is “today.” Jesus has provided that rest. The rest from works. The rest from striving to earn righteousness. The rest from slavery to sin. The rest from bondage to comparison. The rest from guilt trips. The rest from legalism. The rest from moral licensing or immoral licensing.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.- Jesus
Yesterday we asked the question, “Ain’t you tired Miss Hilly?”
Jesus is the rest you are looking for.
Christian- stop being tired! I’m tired of Christians telling me how tired they are. Rest! For God’s sake (and I mean that literally) rest! You do not pilot the universe. You are not God.
For those of you who are weary and heavy burdened (all you Miss Hillys): take a break, take a nap, take a vacation, enjoy a meal slowly, watch a sunset, listen to a worship song, snuggle, sleep, read, de-stress, simplify, laugh, cry, listen to someone else’s story.
But mostly, sit at the feet of Jesus (as you do all the above things). It is finished. You aren’t your own savior, and you’re not your family’s savior, and you’re not the world’s savior. You are free from that responsibility.
Rest is a state of mind
I hope we all understand that the call to Sabbath is never a call to laziness. Hebrews said “strive to enter rest.” We need to work at resting in Christ. Can you be in a place of rest while working and serving others? Yes. God does that. Jesus did that. Martha did that (the John version not the Luke version).
So to get your mind stayed upon resting in Jesus I will leave you with this. Yes it is equal parts awesome and terrible, but maybe it will give you a 5 minute chance to practice rest.