[Time after Time, in the book of Luke our Lord is found Challenging and being
challenged about the Sabbath Day and the Jewish traditions concerning that
hallowed day. On at least five (5)
different occasions in the book of Luke alone our Lord is found on the Sabbath
Day and is confronted on each occasion by religious leaders (Luke 4.16; Luke
4.31; Luke 6; Luke 13; Luke 14).
Hence it becomes undeniably clear that our Lord wants us to understand the
Sabbath Day and His divine intension for that special day.
We return to this teaching today, because our text returns us to these
principles. Let us understand with
clarity what God’s intent is for the Sabbath Day (Saturday), and the Lord’s Day
Our Lord on the Sabbath [–
In this passage
we find our Lord on the Sabbath Day.] From
this passage we discover:
His Testimony (vs
1, cf. 7; Exo 20.8-11; Rom 8.29; Luke 4.16-17)
it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat
bread on the sabbath day, that they
watched him.” – Notice that our
[Honored the Sabbath –
He was found faithful to God’s command to honor the Sabbath and keep it holy (Exo
20.8-11). Notice that our Lord
honored the Sabbath by going to the Synagogue.
Even though the Synagogue had become a den of thieves and riddled with
human philosophies and traditions, our Lord still went.
Even though those things that were done in the synagogue and taught in
the synagogue were far from God’s truth’s concerning the Sabbath, Jesus still
went faithfully to the Synagogue.
Why? Because God commanded it!]
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt thou
labour, and do all thy work: 10 But the seventh day
is the sabbath of the LORD thy
God: in it thou shalt not do
any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy
maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that
is within thy gates: 11
For in six days the LORD
made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them
is, and rested the seventh day:
wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.]
[Lesson To Learn
Church Regular Attendance - One cannot state that they have honored
God and obeyed our Lord Jesus Christ if they will faithfully attended their
Churches services. Since the
ultimate Goal of Christian Spiritual growth is to be conformed to the image of
our Lord Jesus Christ, one cannot claim spiritual maturity if they are willing
to abandon their local Church.
Even our Lord Jesus Christ attended what would have amounted to Church
For whom he did foreknow, he also
did predestinate to be
conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many
[Honored the Surveyors
– We find that our Lord also honored those who watch him and others in the
synagogue. Jesus went to Synagogue
to bles others in worship. He
actively and regularly participated. Luke 4.16-17 reads:]
16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had
been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the
sabbath day, and stood up for to read. 17
And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when
he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,]
[Lesson To Learn –
– We can not just go to Church. We
must strive to become a part of the living body of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus participated when He went to Synagogue.
As a matter of fact, every time we see our Lord at Church a controversy
started, because He participated, and challenged the misgivings of the
traditional religious leaders.]
[Understand, Jesus didn’t go to Synagogue to make trouble, He went
to stand for the truth, just as every Christian should.]
[Every Christian is a part of the living body of our Lord Jesus
Cor 12), and every part of this body must function.
You cannot go to Church and do nothing and be like Jesus.]
(vs 2; Luke 4.28-29; 2 Tim 2.3)
behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy.” -
Lord spoke in public places there were almost always those present who would not
only challenge those things that He taught, but they would challenge His right
to live. On one of the first
occasions when Jesus taught in the Synagogue the crowd tried to lead Him out to
And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were
filled with wrath, 29 And rose up,
and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon
their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.]
[These types of persecution were not rare for our Lord.
Yet, in spite of the treats and danger our Lord faithfully proclaimed the
[Lesson Learned –
Stamina and Courage
– Christians cannot and should not expect the discovery of the truth to always
be easy and readily accepted. Some
truths are hard to accept and need warriors to stand up for Jesus.
The apostle Paul reminded Timothy:]
2:3 Thou therefore endure
hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.]
2) [Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
the trumpet call obey;
forth to the mighty conflict,
in this his glorious day.
Ye that are brave now serve him
against unnumbered foes;
let courage rise with danger,
and strength to strength oppose.]
3) [Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
stand in his strength alone;
the arm of flesh will fail you,
ye dare not trust your own.
Put on the gospel armor,
each piece put on with prayer;
where duty calls or danger,
be never wanting there.]
4) [Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
the strife will not be long;
this day the noise of battle,
the next the victor's song.
To those who vanquish evil
a crown of life shall be;
they with the King of Glory
shall reign eternally.]
His Truth (vs
Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to
heal on the sabbath day? 4 And they
held their peace. And he took him,
and healed him, and let him go; 5
And answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a
pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath day?” -
Our Lord was never concerned with who might be offended by His acts of
compassion or His articulation of truth.
He simply proclaimed the truth and let its conviction do the transforming
work in the lives of those who heard it.]
[There are at least three
responses to the truth:]
– This is
often experienced by those who hear a truth for the first time.
The truths revealed within the Bible are the revelation and manifestation
of our supernatural and divine God. These truths cannot be known apart from
God’s revelation. So the truths
taught by the Bible, upon first review, seem almost impossible and implausible;
at first. Until they are pondered
for a while, and then illuminated by the Holy Spirit, then they become not only
reasonable, but they become the only possible answer.
The physical resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ is just one example of
these spiritual truth’s, which are many.
This confusion may remain but it often turns into one of two follow up
This is the
result of someone realizing a deep spiritual truth, clearly declared by
Almighty-God, but also clearly opposed to ones lifestyle and sinful allegiance.
The religious leaders of Jesus day often evidence indignation with our
Lord and His truths because it would have cost them everything that they loved
and lived for. Rather than
accepting, and surrendering to the eternal truth, they choose to war against it
with resolve. Many in our day war
against the truth, and in so doing they war with Almighty-God, and they will be
conquered in the end.]
This is the
only reasonable response to revealed truth.
When a truth that demands repentance and change is revealed by God within
His Holy Word, then a wise person will yield to it and change their life to
stand in agreement with God.]
[Lesson Learned –
stands on the truth –
what others might think, say or do the truth must be the foundation of every
Our Lives on the Sabbath [-
teaches us a great deal about Christian living and how our lives carry the
gospel message to all who see us.]
Our Example (Matt 5.13-15)
[– Just as our Lord’s life was a continual testimony to all who were in His
presence, so should a born-again Christian be to all who come into his or her
presence. Jesus reminds us that:]
13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if
the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth
good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city
that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15
Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a
candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.]
Preserves, and Pronounces
– In Biblical days is was used to purify wounds, it was used to preserve meat
and food, and it was used to pronounce the taste of food as a season.
But if the salt lost its savour it became useless and bland.
What does this mean? How can
[Much of the salt that was used in Palestine came from the Dead Sea,
which is more than a mile and a half below sea level. The waters of the Sea of
Galilee flow into the Jordan River and from there to the
Dead Sea to the bottom of the earth.
Once the water gets there, there is no place to go. The hot sun
evaporates the water and leaves behind a chunky white powder made up of a
combination of salt and minerals. That powder contains enough salt to season
meat or to flavor soup, and that's why people used to get their salt from the
Dead Sea. But it's also mixed with minerals and it's not pure sodium
chloride. It's possible with a little dampness in the air for that salt to be
dissolved and basically to dissipate. When that happens the "salt loses its
[Salt was valuable in Jesus’ day.
It was used to pay soldiers, hence a man was worth his weight in salt.
People also traded with salt.
Hence, if ones salt lost its savour it was a great loss.
No would would want it, and no one would trade for it.]
[Jesus purified the message of the Sabbath by His actions on the
Sabbath. He corrected the legalism
of the Pharisees while valuing the life of the sick man.
His actions rebuked the coldness of religious practices while renewing
the importance of personal interaction on the Sabbath.]
[Light dispels darkness and manifests the truth.
Enter a dark room with a light and everything is revealed.
We are to be like a bright light shining in a dark world.]
[Evil men and a wayward world do not like the cleansing sting of
salt in a wound or the manifesting light of the truth.
They often resist the truth and even become indignant with it.
But it is our commission, it is our responsibility, it is our duty as
born-again Christians to be the salt and light of our world.]
[The way we live our lives and the way we talk to people must be
examples of righteousness and life to the lost all around us.
Christians must honor God on the Lord’s Day by honoring the lives of
those around us and pointing them toward our Lord.]
Our Endurance (James 5.10-11) [–
The gospel message and the Kingdom of our Lord require perseverance and
endurance. We find our Lord Jesus
Christ seizing every occasion to teach the truth, redeem the lost, and help the
hurting. Being an invited guest at
this Pharisee’s house with numerous other dignified guests present did not turn
our Lord away from His mission and message of truth.
He carried the same truth in all of life’s circumstances and situations.
We are reminded in the Old Testament that our Heavenly-Father is looking
for a few elite Christians who will “. .
. Stand in the Gap . . .” (Ezek 22.30).
10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who
have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and
of patience. 11 Behold, we count
them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the
end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.]
[The Suffering and Stand of the prophets, who faithfully carried
the Word of God to rebellious and indignant people, is our example of enduring
with the truth and testimony of our Lord.]
[The reward that is promised to those who are the
salt and light of our world is abounding.
I am reminded of the words penned in the letter to the Church at Smyrna which reads:]
2:10 Fear none of those things
which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast
some of you into prison, that
ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto
death, and I will give thee a crown of life. ]
[A soldier in our Lord’s army must endure to the end.
He must be found faithful.
He must be found serving and proclaiming.]
Our Earnestness (2 Cor 5.17-21)
[– Just as our Lord would never compromise the truth so must the people of our
Lord remain earnest for His truth and His message.]
17 Therefore if any man
be in Christ,
he is a new creature: old
things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
18 And all things
are of God, who hath reconciled
us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath
given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto
himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them;
and hath committed unto us the word of
reconciliation. 20 Now then we are
ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech
you by us: we pray
you in Christ's stead, be ye
reconciled to God. 21 For he hath
made him to be sin for us, who
knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.]
[Our culture has lost its way, because Christians have lost their
resolve. Our nation has fallen
away, because Christians have lost their calling.]
[The Church of our Lord Jesus Christ must once again take
responsibility for the lostness of the society around us.
We must stand up and proclaim the Word of God and truths of the Gospel,
no matter what the cost might be.]
Our Lessons for the Sabbath
it as Holy [–
As a day set
apart to honor our Lord. All born
again Christians ought to refrain from unnecessary commercial enterprise on the
Day of the Lord and should set aside the Sabbath as a day of rest.]
Observes Lord's Day - During the early centuries of Christianity,
Sunday was never called the Sabbath, but the Lord's Day. The Sabbath was the
seventh day of the week, the Lord's Day was the first. The purpose of the
Sabbath was to remind the Israelites of their deliverance from Egypt. The purpose of the Lord's Day
was to remember the resurrection of Jesus.
The Sabbath was observed by rest; the
Lord's Day by Worship.]
came to the throne, he gave particular attention to the Lord's Day. His
armies were to have devotional services. No courts were to be held, nor suits
prosecuted. All public shows, theaters, dancing, and amusements were
[“A true Christian," said Tertullian
(160-220) at an earlier period, "according to the commands of the gospel,
observes the Lord's Day by casting out all bad thoughts, and cherishing all
goodness, honoring the resurrection of the Lord, which took place on that day."
—True Stories —Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations]
[Our Lord Jesus Christ went to Synagogue on the Sabbath, the
Jewish equivalent of Sunday School and Church.
So should Christians Honor God by attending Sunday School and Church on
Sunday. For a Christian is is and
should be a special day set aside for God.]
It As Honorable
[- When we give
our joyful and heartfelt support to the Lord’s Day, we testify that our
resurrected Lord is worth of our best and our honor.
We let the world know that our Lord really is sovereign and call them
yield themselves to His worthy Lordship with us.]
CrossRoads, Sunday May 27, 2007