Readers of [the Gospel of] Mark learn quickly that Jesus values the sabbath, but he also seeks to redefine it. He sums up his sabbath rebellion against legalism for his followers by saying, “The Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath” (Mark 2:28). Jesus consistently breaks the rules and seeks a relational sabbath: He touches people; he heals; he redeems; he teaches—all from a powerful, mystical force beyond his humanity.
—J. Dana Trent, For Sabbath’s Sake: Embracing Your Need for Rest, Worship, and Community (Upper Room Books, 2017)
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[Jesus] said, “The Sabbath was created for humans; humans weren’t created for the Sabbath. This is why the Human One is Lord even over the Sabbath.”
—Mark 2:27-28 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Holy God, help me find freedom in the gift of sabbath. Guide me to build regular sabbath time into my life. Amen.
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