Lord of the Sabbath

Lord of the Sabbath

What can and can’t a Christian do on the Sabbath? In Matthew 12 Jesus’ disciples were accused of doing what was ‘unlawful on the Sabbath’ simply because they picked some heads of grain and ate them when they were hungry.

What work, if any, is permissible on the Sabbath? As Christians, are we obliged to “do no work” on the Sabbath as the 4th Commandment dictates, or are we allowed to do some work under some circumstances?

Jesus declares,

For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.” (Mt 12:8)

And how should we view the law? Jesus also states,

… it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” (Mt 12:12)

After healing many people Matthew reminds us that Jesus is the One who fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah in the Suffering Servant passage of Isaiah 42.

How then do we as Christians today approach the law and the Sabbath regulations in a way that accords with God’s will?


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