Matthew 12:8-14

Matthew 12:8-14

Jesus isn't found in a place. Jesus is found in a relationship.And Jesus says…I’m Lord of the Sabbath… That’s why Jesus could say in Chapter 11, Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you Sabbath as the Father intended it. Rest the way God wanted it to be known for. A time set aside in your life, in my life, to be totally and completely refreshed. Now, of course, God gave it to them on a day. Said take this day and just set aside. It’s for your good. But the fact is, Jesus is that rest. We don’t go to a day any more for rest. Now we go to a relationship for rest. And so Jesus not only says, come to Me for that rest, but now, I am Lord of that rest… Do you want rest? You really want rest? Where are you going to go? Going to go to a day? Going to turn to the law? You really have to come to Jesus…

God created and meant for men to do good for one another. When He created, He didn’t rest until He said it was good. You know what’s made it bad? Us. Our attitude. How we have reinvented God in our own image and in our own thinking. We’ve reduced God down to something that we can touch. We’ve reduced God down to something that we can understand. We’ve reduced God down to something that we can manage…

I believe every one of us owes it to God to find time to rest. I’m not talking about sleeping…but I’m talking about, we owe it to God to give our lives to Him to find real rest. You know, each and every one of us in this room, all the way to the youngest in this room, are burdened with something. Because we are alive on the face of this earth and sin has permeated us, we are burdened because of it, and we need to have those moments where we can wrap our arms around the One we trust and love and find refreshment from, reassurance from. And God has reached His hands out to us. He sent His Son to be those outstretched arms to us and say, “Come to Me.” Are you burdened? Is your homework to heavy for you? Are your work loads too heavy for you? Places you live too heavy for you? You know what? Jesus isn’t found in a place. Jesus is found in a relationship. It doesn’t matter where we’re at. Jesus will meet us there, because Jesus is Lord of all that He’s created, and He’s Lord of that rest that He wants us to have…

We all have these little things in our lives that we hold to be sacred, and so often they have nothing to do with a relationship with Jesus: how we dress, how we act when we go to church, how we present ourselves to people in our society. These are things that we hold sacred, and it bothers us a lot when somebody comes along and steps on it in freedom. Why should they have the freedom when I don’t? Why should they get to do it and I don’t get to do it?… I have to ask you, do you have ownership of your religion today? Do you think you’re the one in charge? Do you think you’re the one that’s going to cause you to go to heaven? If you do, Jesus is going to step on it. Jesus is going to hurt your feelings, because Jesus brings us to a place of freedom. Jesus brings us to a place of real refreshment and rest. Jesus brings us to Sabbath. Jesus is what makes Sabbath happen. Sabbath can happen on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, or Saturday, and I would hope especially Sunday, because it is the one day we choose to set aside. He can bring it any one of those days or you know what? He can bring it each and every one of those days. He is the reason for Sabbath. The original meaning of Sabbath. Real refreshment and rest. Freedom from the confines of trying to make God work for us, but us stepping into love relationship with God. Being forgiven by Him. Being drawn into His arms because of it. Not because of anything we’ve done. Not because we’ve earned it. Not because we deserve it.

We hate it when Jesus steps on our toes. He steps on my toes quite often. I think I have control quite often. I think I’m doing really good quite often, and He comes and kicks me right in the pants, and makes me reevaluate myself. And it’s amazing to me how simple His Word is to understand. He is the Lord of the Sabbath. He is what makes Sabbath happen. He is the One who has the real ownership. We don’t have ownership of it.

Pastor Dave Elkins