We are in Luke 6:1-5 and we see Jesus in a corn field with His Disciples. They went into some corn fields and plucked the ears of corn and ate it. They rubbed the ears in their hands. This was not the kind of corn we would generally have, but it was grain. And the processing for a quick meal was to rub it with your hands and the chaff would fall to the ground leaving the grain in your hand to eat. So as they did this, some of the Pharisees (uh oh) ask them why they did that on the Sabbath, knowing it was illegal to work on the Sabbath. Jesus tells the Pharisees that David had done the same without backlash, or any worry about a broken Sabbath Law, but that it was out of necessity. Jesus then exclaims that He is the Lord of the Sabbath!
To call yourself Lord of the Sabbath is a direct reference to the Deity of Christ. To be the master or lord of the Sabbath means you have control over what is done on the Sabbath, said on the Sabbath, or allowed on the Sabbath. Jesus here is telling the Pharisees that they are not the Lords of the Sabbath, they dont make the rules, He does. And He is not just the master over the Sabbath but the other days too. He was there at Creation (Colossians 1:16; John 1:1; Genesis 1:1), and He was there when the Sabbath was instituted.
Jesus should not be just the Lord of the Sabbath but over our whole lives. Is Jesus the Lord of your life?
- Assistant Pastor Rick Mitton