Is Jesus a lackey to the Sabbath? What is more important, rules or the Ruler?
Jesus deals with the problem of “being religious” head on. The religious elites were giving his disciples a hard time about breaking a rule. Jesus establishes that He is in charge.
That is the central issue to be dealt with.
- Do I believe Jesus is in charge (the Master) and act on it?
- Will I believe it today or default to religious rules and procedures?
- Am I willing to be a slave of Jesus?
God is God. He is absolutely in control. He has given all authority to His son Jesus.
“The Son of Man is no lackey to the Sabbath. He’s in charge!” ~~Jesus Matthew 12:6-8 (The Message Bible)
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Family is important to God and Jesus. God sanctifies our earthly families and gives us lots of ideas on how to make our family relationships healthy and productive.
God has a family. What does it take to be a part of God’s family?
For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother. | (Matthew 12:50)
The answer is very straight forward. Jesus doesn’t hold anything back from me. His challenge to me is to do what God wants. Obedience is the core of everything in God’s world. Obedience leads to being a part of the family of God. Now that is some good news.
It is not about my plan. It is all about God’s plan. He has one. Will I obey it? Jesus challenges me to do so. This is a radical call to discipleship.
Now here is some VERY good news. God’s plan is simple and straightforward.
In this day of complicated programs and books, simplicity rocks. We even have it on a bracelet. WWJD. “What would Jesus do”?
God’s plan is for me to do what He has in mind for me. All the time. That puts me in the family of God. Good news for sure.
Even our Lord’s earthly family did not fully understand Him or His ministry. Some of His friends thought He was crazy. But Jesus did not want the honor that comes from people. While He was not disrespectful toward His physical family, He did emphasize the family of God.
Note His use of the word “whoever”. This paralleled His beautiful invitation in Matthew 11:28–30 where He encouraged all to trust Him. If the nation would not receive Him, at least individuals within the nation—and among the Gentiles—could trust Him.