In this frequently asked question in the bible, we are going to answer the question: what did Jesus do on the Sabbath and why?
And without much ado, let’s move on to give an answer to this question as it is written in the bible.
What Jesus did on the sabbath day and why?
According to the bible in John 5:1-17, Jesus healed people on the Sabbath day. And He did this to prove to the Jews that God did not rest on the Sabbath as they misthought.
Let’s quickly outline that scriptural passage for ways reference.
Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals.Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades.
Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.
The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, and so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.”John 5:1-10.
So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him. In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.”John 5:16-17.
What was the rules of the Sabbath.
The word of God for today speaks on how the Jews valued the sabbath day so much; that they turned against Jesus for breaking it.
The rules of the sabbath were that one must not work; but rather to go to the place of worship and worship God.
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God.
On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates.
For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
This day was mistaken as the day God rested from all His work of creation.
But in our scriptural text for today, Jesus counters the Father’s rest when He said; “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.”
This means that the sabbath day has not yet arrived as Paul concludes below.
Therefore let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.Colossians 2:16-17.
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