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Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath (Luke 6:1-11) - 4/2/23


  • At first everyone was in favor of Jesus and His ministry 4:15

  • Then through Ch. 5 we see the tension mounting.

  • They were all about the works of God, but they apparently wanted God to work off their agenda. (Demons, paralytics, tax collectors were not part of their gameplan)

  • The became hostile toward Christ and His message.

  • The heart of the issue was them… the motivation of their hearts

    • Ritualism, Legalism, and prideful hypocrisy (John MacArthur)

The Sabbath

  • Friday sunset to Saturday sunset

  • Exodus 16:23 – Israel in wilderness gathering the manna

    • For redeemed people (after being delivered from Egypt

    • A sign between God and His people (covenant sign)


Jesus knew the Sabbath of the Old pointed to Himself

  • Old Covenant rest points to the New Covenant Rest

  • Jesus was feeding on the Sabbath (Ultimate fulfillment)

  • Jesus heals on the Sabbath (Ultimate healing)

Book of Hebrews

  • Jesus is better than angels, prophets, priesthood

  • Hebrews 3:11-4:7

  • Just as Israel received rest in the wilderness the Jewish recipients of Hebrews can enter a true rest found only in Jesus Christ


The Controversy

  • Rest and Worship was the original plan

  • Current context was based on extrabiblical ritualism and regulations

    • Hundreds upon hundreds of requirements

  • They were watching (motive and heart ALL WRONG)

    • Their hardness of heart Mark 3:5

    • Question Jesus authority/identity

  • Jesus is healing and teaching. Lives are being impacted and changed… AND THEY ARE WORRIED ABOUT THIS!!!!

  • He responds from 1 Samuel 21:1-6 (David and priest)

    • If a priest can then….JESUS CAN (THE SON OF GOD) CAN NOW!

  • Matthew 12:6-8Someone greater than the temple is here. I desire mercy, not sacrifice… for the Son of man is lord of the Sabbath.

  • Luke 6:5Lord of the Sabbath

  • Mark 2:27Sabbath made for man, not man for the sabbath


  • It is all about Jesus, nothing more and nothing less

  • Jesus is LORD

  • We cannot let extra biblical convictions drive our ministry mindset

  • Keep the Gospel the main thing

  • Put our time and energy toward the Gospel

    • Knowing Christ

    • Growing in Christ

  • Everything else is insignificant (like the Pharisees)

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