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Lord of The Sabbath

“So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.” Mark 2:28

The debate about the Sabbath in Christianity still continues today, even though this topic was settled by the early Apostles at the Council of Jerusalem (Acts 15) many groups still like to use this topic to condemn Christians.

Those who say “Jesus never addressed the topic of the Sabbath” are wrong, here is a good example of Jesus addressing the Sabbath. The word Sabbath is translated from the Hebrew word “Shabbat” meaning Rest, to enter into Gods rest. Many rules were added by man (religious leaders) over time to put people into bondage of the Sabbath, which it was never meant to.

The Pharisees were looking to condemn Jesus and his disciples for picking grain to eat on a Sabbath day. He reminded them when King David and his friends ate the bread that was meant for only the high priests, did the religious leaders stone David for this?

Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Mark 2:27

Jesus was showing that the Sabbath was a moral issue and not a legal issue. Did David do anything wrong morally on the Sabbath? No , but according to the legalist he broke the Law. Jesus is explaining the Sabbath was made for us , to give us rest. It wasn’t made to put us in bondage of The Law

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

The Sabbath was all about Gods Rest, Jesus is our Rest, Jesus is the fulfillment of The Sabbath. As Jesus said He is Lord of the Sabbath. Nobody is saying the Sabbath was abolished it was fulfilled.

If you want to keep observing the Sabbath, that is fine, but your not permitted to put others in bondage because of the Sabbath. Being in bondage of The Sabbath defeats the purpose of The Sabbath!

Come to Jesus all you who are seeking Gods Rest, Amen!

The Great Physician

And hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Mark 2:17

The Pharisees seen Jesus eating with sinners and rebuked him! Now lets stop to think about this for a minute, who is a Sinner? We are all Sinners (Romans 3:23, Romans 3:9, Ecclesiastes 7:20) So if Jesus was to follow the Pharisees logic then he wouldn’t bother talking to anyone including the Pharisees.

Jesus here is making a statement that deals with the physical and spiritual realms. First hes talking about the sick who need a physical healing and then hes talking about sinners who need a spiritual rebirth (become saved)

See Jesus didn’t come to give us a temporary fix, he came to give us the permanent cure which is eternal life through him. Even if Christ were to fully restore our health, if we are not saved, then we are still condemned to eternal death due to the wages of our sins.

The Pharisees thought by doing religious works they could earn salvation, but Jesus called them “Whitewashed Tombs” why? Because on the outside they looked good but internally they were evil and corrupt. The love of God was not in them, only self righteousness

Jesus is the only way to get the permanent cure. The price he paid on the cross has given us eternal life. Repent and Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ , The Great Physician Amen!

Permanent Cure

And Jesus seeing their faith said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Mark 2:5

A paralyzed man heard that the Messiah , Jesus Christ , was coming to his town. He had faith and knew Jesus was the Son of God. So he had a couple of men carry him to the home where Jesus was preaching at. When they got there the home was so packed with people, they couldn’t even get to the front door.

So this mans faith and determination led them to carry him to the top of the house and lower him through the roof. Jesus saw his faith and said something strange, Your Sins Are Forgiven!

What could this possibly mean? Did this man sin cause his physical disability? No , Jesus came to give us the Permanent Cure not a temporary fix. Not only did Jesus heal the man, but he gave him Eternal Life!

Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming; who can forgive sins but God alone Mark 2:7

The religious leaders are outraged! Who does this man think he is? Only God can forgive sin! This is exactly what Jesus was revealing to everyone! If God can only forgive Sin and Jesus forgave Sin, its an easy conclusion to come to

“Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven’; or to say, ‘Get up, and pick up your pallet and walk ‘? Mark 2:9

Which do you prefer Jesus to say? You are Healed or Your Sins are Forgiven? Jesus has the power and authority to do both. Jesus not only provided this man with a temporary fix of healing but he gave him the permanent cure of eternal life by atonement for his sins!

Call Upon The Great Physician, Jesus Christ, to give you the Permanent  Cure Amen!

Be Cleansed

Moved with compassion, Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Mark 1:41

Heres a story of a man with leprosy, a skin disease that causes physical deformation. During the First Century Jewish culture, people who were disabled or physically ill were considered “Cursed by God’ and banished from society. This man is an outcast, but hes seeking the One who set the captives Free

He finds Jesus and begs to him “If you are willing, You can make me Clean”. Why is this man pursuing Jesus? Why is he on his knees? Because he knows Jesus is the Messiah (Christ), he has faith that Jesus can heal him

Jesus was moved with compassion, Jesus cares about us and knows what we are feeling. Jesus, the Son of God, became human to die for our sins. He knows our pain and suffering, he knows the fear and anxiety you feel.

and He said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” Mark 1:44

After Jesus healed the man with leprosy, he told him to go tell the high priests as a testimony. What is your testimony? What did Jesus heal you from? Did you tell anyone? Our testimonies are the greatest evidence of the gospel of Christ!

Jesus is willing to make you clean, come to him and ask for forgiveness in Jesus Name Amen!

Beloved Son

Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. and a voice came out of the heavens: “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.” Mark 1:10-11

One of the great moments, when the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit all came together to unite. The Son being baptized in the water, the Father declaring the Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit descending upon the Son.

You might ask why would the Son need the Holy Spirit if they are both God? Can an eternal God die? Of course not, that’s why Jesus lowered himself below the angels (Hebrews 2:9), to be born of a Virgin (Isaiah 7:14), and became Flesh (John 1:14) to die for the wages of our sins (Romans 3:23)

Why would Jesus become baptized if he is the Son of God? Jesus didn’t come to abolish The Law but to Fulfill The Law (Matthew 5:17) In order for Jesus to Fulfill The Law he needed to Complete the Law, Jesus came to Fulfill All Righteousness (Matthew 3:15)

“Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one in whom My soul delights. I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the nations. Isaiah 42:1

 By Jesus allowing John to Baptize him, he is showing everyone the path to salvation. Remember Jesus never asked anything from us that he hasn’t already done. As John declares Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the Sins of the world, Jesus confirms it by allowing John to baptize him ( John 1:29)

Jesus who became human (John 1:14), then filled by the Holy Spirit was able to perform the works of The Father to bring salvation to the entire world Amen!

Are You Ready?

John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Mark 1:4

Picture this, a man wearing clothes made of camel hair and living off of locusts and wild honey, is standing outside the great city of Jerusalem yelling to people to “Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand” (Matthew 3:2)

Many people probably thought he was crazy, yet Jesus calls John the “greatest of all prophets” (Mathew 11:11) Others listened to his message, repented of their sins, and was “baptized” in the Jordan River awaiting the arrival of the Christ, the Son of God

Imagine John doing this in todays society? Imagine him standing outside of Manhattan , yelling for people to repent of their Sins. The Liberals and LGTBQ groups are all offended, they have him arrested for a hate crime speaking the Word of God. The media calls John a bigot , a racist, some even declare him a terrorist because his free speech is not considered acceptable.

And he was preaching, and saying, “After me One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to stoop down and untie the thong of His sandals. Mark 1:7

But regardless of any of this, John states there is one greater coming than him who hes not even worthy to tie his shoe. John is the fulfillment of the prophecy in Isaiah , the messenger to prepare the way for The Lord.

How do we prepare for the coming of The Lord? We repent of our sins, we wash our iniquities away. Jesus is coming again soon, Are You Ready?