This is a devotion from Pastor Robert J. Morgan
Lord Of The Sabbath Mark 2:28
Leslie Flynn, pastor emeritus of Grace Baptist Church in Nanuet, NY tells of seven unmarried brothers who lived together in a large house. Six went out to work each day, but 1 stayed home. He had the place warm and lit up when the other six arrived home from their places of labor. He also had a delicious dinner on the table for his hungry brothers. One day the six brothers decided that the one who stayed home should go to work, “”It’s not fair” they said, “for one to stay home while the others slave at a job.” So they made the seventh brother find work too. But when they all came home the first night there was no light, nor was there any warmth; and worst of all there was not a hearty meal awaiting them. And the next night it was the same; darkness, cold, hunger. They soon went back to their former arrangement.
It is the day of rest and worship that keeps the other six bright, warm and nourished. “When we desecrate the Lord’s Day” said Flynn, “we only hurt ourselves.”
If God wanted to rest on the seventh day, how much more necessary is it for us?!
Jesus is the Lord of Monday through Saturday too, but in a special way He wants to dominate and regulate our Sundays. It is to be a day focused on Him, on His wonderful Word, on His blesses presence, and on the reality of His glorious resurrection that He accomplished on the first day of the week. But for most of us, Sunday has gone from a holy day, to a holiday, to a hollow day. It’s become a day for shopping, banking, traveling, and sports. Someone observed that our grandparents called it the Holy Sabbath. Our parents called it the Lord’s Day. We call it just Sunday. And our children call it the weekend.
Is He still Lord of the Sabbath? The Lord of your Sabbath?
Lord of the Sabbath, hear us pray,
In this Your house, on this Your day;
And own, as grateful sacrifice,
The song from which Your temple rise.
Now met to pray and bless Your name,
Whose mercies flow each day the same;
Whose kind compassions never cease,
We seek instruction, pardon, Peace.
Philip Dodridge, 1737
Charlene and Pastor Ted