Jesus Lord of the Sabbath
Sabbath means rest. The Sabbath is a day of rest. God created the world in 6 days and on the 7th day He rested. He set the day apart for us for physical rest and spiritual blessing. We may wonder why Sunday is actually different because we look around and Sunday looks just like a Saturday. God made Sunday a day of rest and is important for rest, for family time, to avoid another day of shopping and material gain, but to focus on our creator and His great blessings.
Here we see the Pharisees trying to catch Jesus out by accusing Him of breaking one of the many laws they had made thinking they were being godly. But Jesus knew the Bible much better than they did. The Bible says that land owners were to allow the hungry to eat from their crop as long as they only took what they could eat at that moment. Jesus and the disciples were not stealing more than what was allowed by Bible law. So they tried to accuse Jesus of working on the Sabbath. Jesus explained to them that the Sabbath was made for mans benefit, not to be worshipped in itself. The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. It was not given by God to be a burden, but as a blessing for us. We are not to stop eating because it’s Sunday.
Our soul’s relationship with God is far more important that the physical body.