So far, Jesus has broken the rules, investing in the rejected, bringing more than law—than good enough or sanitized—when only sanctification (remade) will do! In our third scene we find the disciples again are seemingly breaking the rules…
CONFLICTING DATES (Mark 2:23-24, 27-28) 23 One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. 24 The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?” 27 Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28 So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”
Rule: Working on the Sabbath is illegal! Great intention and purpose, but the disciples aren’t harvesting they are hungry! The stifling rules had gotten in the way of real-life… Don’t speed is fine until you have a pregnant person in the passenger seat screaming…Jesus puts things back in the right order—the law was meant to provide a blessing not to become a burden. From Israel’s story Jesus goes about planting the church’s story, fulfilling the old, but initiating the new, not based on regulations but on renewed relationship.
Six-year-old Angie and her four-year-old brother Joel were sitting together in church. Joel giggled, sang, and talked out loud. Finally, his big sister had had enough. You’re not supposed to talk out loud in church.” “Why? Who’s going to stop me?” Joel asked. Angie pointed to the back of the church and said, “See those two men standing by the door? They’re hushers.”You ever feel that way? Paul rallied against such thinking in Colossians, calling on us to not lose love in our pursuit of law, or lose the heart of the law and call it love. Paul pointed out the root of legalism or love without truth—- 19 They have lost connection with the head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow. My biggest fear, what keeps me up at night, is that you would end up spending a lifetime in church and miss Christ. You would grow up in church and get a list of rules and lose out on a living relationship. Coming to this building hundreds of times and never getting to the place building up a mind and heart for the Living God. Where you would have a relationship with God where it was about just putting in your time, where time with God would be a distraction from your real life rather than delving into a new life.
You guys probably didn’t know it, but over the course of the last 3 years, I have broken the law weekly—since a 1923 state law outlaws the speaking of English, demanding instead of American be spoken…I had absolutely no idea. My goal today is not to encourage you to break the rules as you find them, a rebel without a cause, but to see in Christ, the one who doesn’t break the rules of God, but who shows us the heart of God, as God. Ritual isn’t bad! Hopefully you tell your spouse and kids every day that you love them, but at the same time hopefully the ritual doesn’t take the place of showing them you do love them. Reflect for a moment on what your relationship with God looks like, objectively, if it was a dating relationship, would you have already gotten broken up with? God I give you a little bit of my time [unless I am doing something better], a little bit of my money [unless I can find something better to do with it], and I expect the whole world from you. It is time that we REBOOT, RESTART, and REVIVE what we have with God—Reboot our devotion, Restart our Hearts, and Revive our Vibrancy!
Embrace something new today—or Reboot something old. Join us for our new Sunday school class, invite someone new in relationship, and renew your connection to Christ, in prayer and purpose.