At the heart of the law about the Sabbath is not a fixation on keeping the rules, but at its heart is about ‘what brings healing and life for all people’? How do we live our days in such a way to find time for healing our selves, our families, our neighbors, and our community? God’s Word about Sabbath can provide a space to breathe, feed, heal, and live!
Worship this week:
Saturday – 5:00 p.m. Modified Traditional Worship in the chapel
Sunday – 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship
9:30 a.m. – Sunday School
10:30 a.m. – Contemporary Worship
Devotions for this week:
Healing on the Sabbath
SHARE: What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?
READ: Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding:
Sunday: Healing on the Sabbath, Luke 6:1-16
Monday: Jesus Teaches and Heals, Luke 6:17-26
Tuesday: Love for Enemies, Luke 6:27-30
Wednesday: Love for Enemies, Luke 6:31-38
Thursday: Love for Enemies, Luke 6:39-42
Friday: A Tree and Its Fruit, Luke 6:43-49
Saturday: Jesus Speaks in Parables, Luke 8:1-3
TALK: Consider some of these ideas:
Then he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.” Luke 6:5
Jesus knew what he was doing. He knew it was the Sabbath, and he knew it was unlawful to heal on the Sabbath. Religion had made a chore out of not working on the Sabbath. On this day, the lifetime wellness of the man was a greater good than the daylong wellness of Jesus and his disciples. The Sabbath was made for the wellness of humanity.
- How does Jesus model love for enemies?
- What laws in your community have been created to serve people? What laws have been created for people to serve? Where are freedoms limited and where are they granted? What might you do to ensure freedom to all?
- When and for what have you been forgiven? Was forgiveness offered unconditionally or with limitations? Have you let go of the burden of guilt or shame? How might you let go of shame and live in the unconditional forgiveness of Jesus?
PRAY: Almighty God, Your ways are higher and better than ours. Point our hearts toward you, that the compassion of Jesus would always be our goal. In his name, Amen.
BLESS: Love your enemies. Let your enemies love you. Amen.