Over and over, Jesus “labors” on the sabbath, doing good deeds that the temple priests see as “working.”. . . From the start of his ministry on the sabbath to his acts of service, Jesus is the rule-breaking “lord of the sabbath.” But he doesn’t indulge in luxury, forget God, or strive to achieve goals in the ordinary sense. He “works” for justice, love, and mercy on the sabbath, balancing teaching large crowds with taking time away by himself for introspection.
—J. Dana Trent, For Sabbath’s Sake: Embracing Your Need for Rest, Worship, and Community (Upper Room Books, 2017)
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[On the Sabbath], at sunset, people brought to Jesus those who were sick or demon-possessed. . . . He healed many who were sick with all kinds of diseases, and he threw out many demons. . . . Early in the morning, well before sunrise, Jesus rose and went to a deserted place where he could be alone in prayer.
—Mark 1:32, 34-35 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Holy God, help me to find freedom in the gift of sabbath. Guide me to build regular sabbath time into my life. Amen.
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