And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue: And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him. And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days. Matthew 12:9-12
Again today we are looking at Jesus addressing the Sabbath, those who say Jesus was silent on the issue of the Sabbath, need to reread their Bible. Here we see Jesus healing on the Sabbath, of course the religious leaders use this as an opportunity to condemn Christ for doing anything on the Sabbath. It was a trap the religious leaders tried to set they asked Jesus “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath”? Now these men are supposed to be experts in The Law, so how do they not know this if they are going to condemn Christ for it?
The religious leaders tried to set a trap, however as other attempts it always fails. Jesus said to them “It is lawful to do well on the Sabbath” meaning if you are ok with retrieving your lost sheep then why wouldn’t you be ok with healing a person? These religious leaders were hypocrites, they were trying to use Gods Law to condemn Christ to death
Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other. Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him. Matthew 12:13-14
Jesus then healed the man on the Sabbath, and instead of the religious leaders being grateful to see God’s work, they instead tried to use God’s Law to kill the Messiah! Jesus is demonstrating his deity here, not only because Christ healed the man but also demonstrated that Christ is Lord of The Sabbath
The religious leaders would say Christ broke the Sabbath Law, however Jesus is The Sabbath and is God in the flesh, Christ can do whatever He wants on the Sabbath. The religious leaders failure to understand who Jesus Is and the hardness of their hearts, leaves them condemned in their sin even if they “Kept the Sabbath”
True Sabbath Rest can only be found in Jesus Christ alone, without Christ you can’t enter into Gods Rest (Hebrews 4) Amen!