THE LORD OF REST: Mark 2:23-3:6

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SCRIPTURE

Mark 2:23-3:6 23 One Sabbath he was going through the grainfields, and as they made their way, his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. 24 And the Pharisees were saying to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” 25 And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did, when he was in need and was hungry, he and those who were with him: 26 how he entered the house of God, in the time of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those who were with him?” 27 And 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.” 

3:1 Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there with a withered hand. And they watched Jesus, to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man with the withered hand, “Come here.” And he said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately held counsel with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him. 

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. 

BIG IDEA

Why do the Pharisees want to destroy Jesus and why is Jesus so angry with them? In a word, Religion. Religion is various forms of “If I perform, if I obey, I’m accepted.” Therefore, the Pharisees had added multiple rules on top of the Sabbath command, in order to make sure they were very good and God would have to love and accept them. However, trying to achieve your own worth through who you are or what you do is like being on an endless treadmill of performance. We can never be good enough, open-minded enough, or tolerant enough for God to accept us through our works. Both religion and irreligion are endless, producing unrest. The gospel of Jesus is something else entirely. Because on the cross Jesus said “It is finished” we can rest in Him forever. He has lived the life we should have lived and died the death we deserve to die. Because through Jesus God is satisfied with you, you can be satisfied with life. Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath, bringing deep rest and acceptance to all who’s faith is in Him. 

DISCUSSION

1. Was there anything from the sermon, big idea, or Acts 2:23–3:6 that stood out to you? challenged you? or confused you? 

2. The Pharisees had added 39 extra-biblical rules to the the command “Obey the Sabbath and keep it holy.” Can you think of any extra-biblical rules that religious people have today? 

3. What do you think is the significance of verse 6 in chapter 3, “The Pharisees went out and immediately held counsel with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him”? 

Trying to achieve your own worth through who you are or what you do is like being on an endless treadmill of performance.

 

We can never be good enough, open-minded enough, or tolerant enough for God to accept us through our works. Both religion and irreligion are endless, producing unrest.

4. Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not? What were a few examples pastor Brett gave on Sunday about the unrest that religion brings? Can you think of any other examples? 

The gospel of Jesus is something else entirely. Because on the cross Jesus said “It is finished” we can rest in Him forever. He has lived the life we should have lived and died the death we deserve to die. Because through Jesus God is satisfied with you, you can be satisfied with life.

5. What does it mean to rest in Jesus? How has the finished work of Jesus changed the way you think and live? 

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