Lord of the Sabbath…
Christ boldly tells the Pharisees that He is the Lord:
As he was passing through a field of grain on the sabbath, his disciples began to make a path while picking the heads of grain. At this the Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?”
He said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he was in need and he and his companions were hungry? How he went into the house of God when Abiathar was high priest and ate the bread of offering that only the priests could lawfully eat, and shared it with his companions?” Then he said to them, “The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath. That is why the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.” -Mark 2:23-28, NAB
Christ is making some very bold statements about Himself. First, He is taking a place as a King from the line of David. Then, He boldly states that He is the Lord of the Sabbath. Both of these statements are very troubling to the Pharisees – the Jewish leaders from that era.
By relating Himself to David, Jesus took His place on the throne. David had made a decision to feed his people despite the Jewish law. In the same way, Jesus allows His disciples to feed on the grain of the field. As a King, Christ was doing what was needed for His people.
Christ, by His statements in today’s verse, is also proclaiming that He is truly divine. By claiming authority over the sabbath, He is stating that He is truly God because only God has domain over the Sabbath.
When we look at the life of Jesus, we must fully accept who He was – and who He wasn’t. Jesus was not simply a prophet. He was not simply a rabbi or teacher. Truly, Christ was the Son of God, born as a King from the line of David.
Christ, our King and Ruler of the heavens and the earth, is the Son of Man and the Son of God. He is both fully man and fully God. Let Christ the King be the ruler of your life. May we all bow down before the King.