What Jesus Did! 'Master of Every Moment!' — Mark 2:28

Thursday, February 11, 2016

"So the Son of Man is Lord (master) of every day, even the Sabbath."
— Mark 2:28
Illustration of Mark 2:28 — "So the Son of Man is Lord (master) of every day, even the Sabbath."

Key Thought

Jesus is Lord! He has authority over everything! He is the Master and Commander of all things. His word, his teaching, his will about the Sabbath form the basis of our truth. So what Jesus does on the Sabbath, says about the Sabbath, and teaches regarding the Sabbath are our examples, instructions, and truths regarding the Sabbath. We seek Jesus, not the Sabbath! He is the one who provides genuine rest and renewal.

Today's Prayer

Holy God, my heavenly Father, thank you for giving us the principle of the Sabbath. I know I need to rest more and I need to remember that every good thing comes from you. However, dear Father, I realize now more than ever that I need Jesus. I need his comfort, power, rest, and grace. Come Lord Jesus! Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

The followers of John and the Pharisees were fasting. Some people came to Jesus and said, "John's followers fast, and the followers of the Pharisees fast. But your followers don't fast. Why?" Jesus answered, "{When there is a wedding,} the friends of the bridegroom are not sad while he is with them. They cannot fast (be sad) while the bridegroom is still there. But the time will come when the bridegroom will leave them. The friends are sad when the bridegroom leaves. Then they will fast. "When a person sews a patch over a hole on an old coat, that person never uses a piece of cloth that is not yet shrunk. If he does, the patch will {shrink and} pull away from the coat. Then the hole will be worse. Also, people never pour new wine into old wine bags. Why? Because the new wine will break the bags, and the wine will be ruined with the wine bags. People always put new wine into new wine bags." On the Sabbath day, Jesus was walking through some grain fields. Jesus' followers were walking with him. The followers picked some grain {to eat}. The Pharisees saw this and said to Jesus, "Why are your followers doing that? It is against the {Jewish} law to do that on the Sabbath day." Jesus answered, "You have read what David did when he and the people with him were hungry and needed food. It was during the time of Abiathar the high priest. David went into God's house and ate the bread that was offered to God. And the law {of Moses} says that only priests can eat that bread. David also gave some of the bread to those people with him." Then Jesus said to the Pharisees, "The Sabbath day was made to help people. People were not made to be ruled by the Sabbath day. So the Son of Man is Lord (master) of every day, even the Sabbath."

Mark 2:18-28

Related Scripture Readings

Then Jesus said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth. I praise you because you have hidden these things from the wise and smart people. But you have shown these things to people that are like little children. Yes, Father, you did this because this is what you really wanted to do. "My Father has given me all things. No person knows the Son—only the Father knows the Son. And no person knows the Father—only the Son knows the Father. And the only people that will know about the Father are those people the Son chooses to tell. "Come to me all you people that are tired and have heavy burdens. I will give you rest. Accept my work and learn from me. I am gentle and humble in spirit. And you will find rest for your souls. Yes, the work that I ask you to accept is easy. The burden I give you to carry is not heavy."

Matthew 11:25-30

Jesus and his followers were in a very busy place. There were many, many people. Jesus and his followers did not even have time to eat. Jesus said to his followers, "Come with me. We will go to a quiet place to be alone. There we will get some rest."

Mark 6:31

So God planned another special day. It is called "today." God spoke about that day through David a long time later. It is the same Scripture we used before: "If you hear God's voice today, don't be stubborn like in the past." We know that Joshua did not lead the people into the rest {God promised}. We know this because God spoke later about another day {for rest} ("today"). This shows that the seventh-day rest for God's people is still coming. God rested after he finished his work. So the person who enters and has God's rest is the person who has finished his work like God did.

Hebrews 4:7-10

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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