And he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.” (Luke 6:5 ESV)
There is still today confusion as to the Sabbath. Some see Jesus’ example of breaking the traditions of the elders on the Sabbath as a cancellation of any Sabbath prescriptions (the 4th commandment). Others see the need to be strict in their observation of the Sabbath and think it is some formula into God’s grace. What Jesus shows is that the Sabbath was given as a gift to man, for his rest and restoration. In the case of his disciples, grain was needed from the field for their restoration just as healing was needed for the man. Jesus is showing that the rest and restoration that we so need is found in Him. He is the Lord of the Sabbath.
“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. “Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets. “But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. “Woe to you who are full now, for you shall be hungry.
“Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep. “Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets. (Luke 6:20-26 ESV)
Again Luke emphasizes God’s concern for the poor and gives us a picture of those who look for life now versus those who look for their life in the coming kingdom of God.
McCheyne’s Bible Reading Plan: Ru 2, Acts 27, Jer 37, Lk 6