HOST: Michael Whitworth
On a Sabbath, while he was going through the grainfields, his disciples plucked and ate some heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands. But some of the Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath?” And Jesus answered them, “Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him: how he entered the house of God and took and ate the bread of the Presence, which is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those with him?” And he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”
As was often the case, the Pharisees were questioning the authority of Jesus and the conduct of His disciples while, at the same time, trying to assert their own authority. They were not accustomed to being challenged when it came to matters of obedience to the law. Jesus’ last statement to them in this passage is very telling: “The Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.” Jesus was, and is, Lord of heaven and earth and of all things pertaining to the kingdom of heaven. He has all authority. Interestingly, people are still trying to assert their own authority and have their own way. But as it was with the Sabbath, so it is with all things concerning the Lord’s church today—He is Lord! The church is His to own and to direct. Ours is simply to submit to Him and do His will. May God help us to ever recognize Him as Lord of our lives.
How do we acknowledge Jesus as Lord in our lives?
Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!