August 21, 2016
Passage: Isaiah 58:9-14, Hebrews12:18-24, Luke 13:10-17
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The Sabbath for long has been used by the teachers of the Law for their own advantage but the scriptures capture several lessons taught by Jesus to highlight the truth of the Sabbath.

1. In Matt 12, Jesus taught that mercy supersedes sacrifice.
We learn in Mathew 12:12 that, it is good to do all the nice and wonderful things. Again, it is good to be appropriate by way of church standards but if we fail to show mercy to others when the need for mercy arises , then we are not acting in love. Because mercy is a character of love.

2. In Mark 2, He teaches that the Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath, hence man must not be enslaved by the Sabbath.
Under no circumstance must we place the law over the word of God. Most of our churches will do well if we love one another as the word of God demands.

The Lord has given us an opportunity to show love to each other and the world in our churches, homes, offices etc and by this we fulfil the law. Jesus points out to the Pharisees and the Sadducees that it is lawful and not illegal to do well on the Sabbath just as they will untie their ox for drink. Hence, it is equally appropriate and not out of place to do good on the Sabbath Day, though it is a day of rest.

3. He further teaches that the son of man is Lord over the Sabbath. (Mark 2:27). There is a better way to keep the Sabbath holy and this according to Jesus is the way of Love. He speaks of love as a new commandment and a fulfilment of the Law. We are to love just as He has loved us.

God expects us to live in love because it transcends time and has eternal impact. We as Christians are answers to prayers and must live as such. At church, we are supposed to demonstrate the character of God. Church is not a place for condemnation. Most of the problems of the church would be solved if you and I make up our minds to love each.

In Hebrews 12:18-24, Paul contrasts the old and new covenants and highlights the Church under the new covenant is in a better place than the Israelites. One lesson we learn is that the church is a place of love but not enmity. Christian masters and bosses should be different masters not like those of the world, we are supposed to show godly examples and walk in the way of love for We have come to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant.

To conclude, there is a certain debt you and I owe each other that we cannot finish paying and that is the debt of love - we owe it to each other. ROM 13:8

Amen.

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  1. September 13, 2019

    It is a well written sermon.

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