As we journey through life it can often be hard to get in sync with the season we are in. The religious leaders of Jesus’ day were so concerned with the religious system they were in that they failed to partake in the season of rest that Jesus provided. They were looking for the next move of God but failed to see it because the old way of thinking clouded the vision of the new things God had in store.
Today we look at Jesus’ take on the “old” versus the “new” and how it affected his view of the Sabbath. Discover how Jesus breaks the system to become our Sabbath rest.
Multiply: In Sync with the Season
Our lives happen in seasons. We all experience changes and alterations that can make it difficult to engage with the season we’re in. In Mark 2 we find a group of religious leaders who were fasting to lament their season of brokenness and longing for the awaited Messiah. Meanwhile, Jesus and his disciples are feasting to celebrate the new thing that God was bringing his people into.
18 Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. Some people came and asked Jesus, “How is it that John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees are fasting, but yours are not?”
19 Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? They cannot, so long as they have him with them. 20 But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them, and on that day they will fast.
21 “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse. 22 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.”
The long-awaited Messiah is here.
The new season he is ushering his people into will require an entirely new way of thinking, in fact, it will require us to be new people with new hearts if we ever hope to enter into it.
Jesus is not an add-on, he’s all consuming.
Miracles happen in the margin.
Busyness is the gatekeeper to breakthrough.
23 One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. 24 The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”
27 Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28 So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”
Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there.2 Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. 3 Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.”
4 Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent.
5 He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored.6 Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.
Jesus is always willing to break systems to bring breakthrough.
God is ushering in a new season of rest; will you enter into it?
Jesus is the multiplier of rest.