Jesus is not a fan of organized religion and the elite attitudes that go with it or are against it. Jesus is in favor of love and compassion. That is His focus and mission. We need to focus on what is important to Jesus. It isn’t about “being religious”. Jesus hates that. Seriously. We know it. Are we listening to Jesus?
Jesus is our Master. Jesus owns us. Jesus, as our Master, commands us to love. That is the essence of “the law” and what masquerades as “religion”. Traditional Christian denominations need to take heed. Christians need to pay attention. We must focus on being a disciple and learning from Jesus. We must focus on obedience.
At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, “Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath.” He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, and those who were with him: how he entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him to eat nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests? Or have you not read in the Law how on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath and are guiltless? I tell you, something greater than the temple is here. And if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of Man is Master [Lord] of the Sabbath.
English Standard Version. (2016). (Matthew 12:1–8). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
Jesus wants me to be a disciple, not a Christian. Jesus never ever uses the word Christian. Jesus didn’t have alter calls at His services.
- Jesus taught.
- Jesus called people to be disciples (aka learners).
- The message is simple. “Accompany (aka follow) Me.”
- Jesus concludes this mini lesson with the observation that “The Son of Man is Master of the Sabbath.”
- Jesus, as King of God’s Kingdom, is in charge. PERIOD!