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I was proud of my stingray-style bicycle. My parents bought it used for my birthday. It had high handle bars and a leopard-print banana seat. It was my bike. I was the boss. I could decorate it, clip on carboard to rattle the spokes or practice popping wheelies. My ownership gave me authority over it.
Keep this in mind when you listen to Luke 6:1-5, ‘One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and his disciples began to pick some heads of grain, rub them in their hands and eat the kernels. Some of the Pharisees asked, “Why are you doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?” Jesus answered them, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God, and taking the consecrated bread, he ate what is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.” Then Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”’ (NIV)
What does the title Lord of the Sabbath mean? It means Jesus is the boss of the Sabbath. He owns it. He created it. He know hows it should and should not be observed. He clearly felt his disciples had done nothing wrong. This title is not one we often use for Jesus. But it reminds us that he is Lord over all things, even the Sabbath.
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