The Sabbath is a special day that was given to us by God in the Ten Commandments. It’s a day of rest, and unlike most other days, we’re not allowed to do any work on it. Some people think that Jesus’ attitude toward the Sabbath is a little confusing because he healed on it when he was criticized for doing so by the Pharisees. But that doesn’t mean he wasn’t against breaking God’s law—and his actions show how important it is to keep His commands!
What Did Jesus Say About The Sabbath
1. What was Jesus’ attitude toward the Sabbath?
Jesus was not a Sabbath keeper. He healed on the Sabbath. He taught on the Sabbath. He befriended people on the Sabbath, and he often went to dinner with them (Matt 12:1). On one occasion he even helped his disciples pluck wheat on the Sabbath because their lives were threatened if they didn’t (John 5:1-18). Jesus also broke all sorts of other rules, including eating without washing his hands and not being respectful toward his parents (Matt 15:2-3; Mark 7:10).
Jesus was a healer who practiced medicine for free; he fed thousands of people with only five loaves and two fish; he turned water into wine at weddings when no one had any leftovers to drink (John 2:1-11); he performed miracles in front of large crowds whose lives were changed by what they saw him do (Luke 4:20) or heard him teach (Mark 1:29-31). In fact, there were many occasions when Jesus did not follow protocol simply because it wasn’t important enough compared with doing God’s will on earth as it is done in heaven.*
- John 6
2. Why did Jesus heal on the Sabbath when it was against the law?
The Sabbath was a controversial issue at the time Jesus came to earth. The Pharisees, who were strict observers of the law, found healing on the Sabbath to be a violation of their religious rules; however, Jesus believed that it was appropriate for him to heal on this day because he knew God’s will and purpose for doing so:
Jesus replied: “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” For this reason, the Jews tried all the harder to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father—making himself equal with God.
To show that He alone had power over life and death (John 5:19), Jesus healed many people on different days of worship such as Monday through Saturday before sunset or after sunrise when everyone else had gone home after resting from hard labor during daylight hours (Mark 2:27-28). These men did not need special treatment but rather needed someone who could help them get back up again after their injuries caused them more pain than usual due to overexertion during workdays which were longer than ours today!
3. How does Jesus’ view of the law differ from that of the Pharisees?
Jesus saw the law as a gift to humanity. He viewed it as a way to show love to God and others. He saw it as something that should be used for good rather than fought against or denied, which is what the Pharisees did. For example, when asked about divorce he said: “What therefore God has joined together let not man separate” (Matthew 19:6).
The Pharisees would have argued this point by saying that if a man betrothed his wife and then divorced her without any cause, he could remarry another woman—even if his former wife had not yet been married at all! Jesus disagreed with this idea because there is no provision for divorce in scripture or anywhere else in creation; only death dissolves marriage ties! The Pharisees did not apply their rules fairly; they cared more about winning arguments than following God’s will.
4. Does Jesus say that we should keep the Sabbath?
Could Jesus have been referring to an earlier version of the Ten Commandments?
Perhaps. The commandments were originally given by God directly to Moses, who then wrote them down. The final form of these instructions is found in Exodus 20:1-17 and Deuteronomy 5:1-22, but it was not until they were given during Moses’ last speech before his death (Deuteronomy 31) that they were actually recorded as we know them today.
Many scholars believe that this occurred around 1450 B.C., which would make it nearly 1,400 years before Jesus’ birth!
If this is true—and if Jesus had access to these other commandments—then we could expect him to have said something about Sabbath observance when he gave his own teaching on the subject of rest and worship days (Matthew 12). But he did not mention anything about keeping any day holy above others; instead, he emphasized that we should love each other “as [we] love ourselves” (Matthew 22:39).
5. What does it mean to rest and trust in God?
There’s a difference between resting from work and resting in God. Resting from work is passive, but resting in God is active. It’s not just about taking time off from your busy schedule to recover.
You can rest in God when you’re working as well as when you’re not working, because God is with us at all times, guiding us no matter where we are or what we’re doing. When we live our lives this way—in tune with God—we’ll find that our lives are more meaningful than they would be otherwise, because they reflect His presence and power instead of the meaningless things people often fall into when they don’t know how else to fill their time (food consumption? entertainment?).
6. The Sabbath is more than a day, it’s a gift.
Jesus’ teaching on the Sabbath is more than just a day, it’s a gift.
Jesus’ teaching on the Sabbath is about more than just the Ten Commandments; he was also speaking to those who were trying to use the law as a means of earning their salvation. In other words, he was speaking both to those who were keeping all ten commandments and those who were not keeping some of them.
In this section, we will look at what Jesus said about the Pharisees and ask ourselves: How do I relate with other people today?
Jesus was a revolutionary in many ways. He challenged the status quo and upset those in power with his radical teachings. One of his most controversial positions was on the Sabbath. He believed that it should be observed as a day of rest and healing, not just a day to go to church or synagogue. This is why he healed people on the Sabbath, which angered many religious leaders because they thought it was disrespectful to God’s law. But Jesus knew better than anyone else what God’s heart was for humanity and went against human traditions when necessary