Saturday, June 15, 2013

Tyler Blanski: "Jesus is a living, breathing, joyous Sabbath"

We read in Genesis that God made the world in six days, and on the seventh day he "rested."  This does not just mean that God went on vacation.  For six days, God made the heavens and the earth for his own enjoyment.  On the seventh day, when he had finished the job, he moved in.  Creation is God's temple, a place in which he lives.  Thus, from the Jewish point of view, the Sabbath is not a day for laziness.  It is a chance to savor time from a different perspective, to get human time into God time.  It is a day to put the busyness of daily life second and to put what history is all about into relief. ...

You know how Jesus was always breaking the Sabbath regulations?  It's not because they were legalistic and Jesus was antilegalistic.  It's because the Sabbath was a signpost pointing toward God's promised future.  When Jesus healed on the Sabbath or walked through grain fields on the Sabbath, it was not to make a statement about the law, but to express that all the Sabbaths, all the sevens, had come together in his ministry.  He was the moment, the new creation, the healing and feasting Sabbath itself, the fulfilled time that all of history had been waiting for.  Jesus is a living, breathing, joyous Sabbath.  He is "Lord ... of the Sabbath" (Mark 2:28).  He is Lord of time.

~ Tyler Blanski, When Donkeys Talk: A Quest to Rediscover the Mystery and Wonder of Christianity (2012)

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