Sabbath is a gift from God that allows
The Bible gives us a ton of examples of Jesus using small, ordinary moments – like walking and plucking grain – to reclaim and redeem God’s Kingdom. It’s in these small moments Jesus reclaims and redeems us.
In a culture that applauds and idolizes busyness, we ought not overlook or forget that Jesus identifies himself as the Lord of the Sabbath —the Lord of Rest! In Matthew’s gospel Jesus says, “Come to me, all of you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”
One of the great blessings of the gospel is that Jesus invites you into God’s shalom, where you find the peace and rest from the busyness of life. More than a recharge of your battery, it’s a way to nourish your spirit so you can flourish in God’s love and grace.
The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath; so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.
From meeting with people, having honest conversations, putting in long hours at work, sitting in traffic, grocery shopping, volunteering at your kid’s school, or taking a moment to enjoy sheer inactivity - every aspect of our life has a purpose in God’s kingdom.
For it’s in these moments we find Jesus standing in our midst, holding up a mirror for us to look in, and reminding us how to fulfill the will of God with a joyful heart, and not merely observe it or check it off our to-do list.
Bartlett, David L and Barbara Brown Taylor, Feasting on the Word, Year B Vol. 4. (Westminster John Knox: 2007).
Keller, Tim. http://qideas.org/articles/wisdom-and-sabbath-rest. (2015) June 1, 2018.
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