Jesus of Nazareth and the Gospels’ Sabbath Conflicts
"This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath." (John 9:16)
Jesus has a reputation as a Sabbathbreaker. Most of his conflicts with Jewish religious leaders concerned the observance of the Sabbath. Christianity is comfortable with that allegation on the basis that Jesus cancelled the ceremonial Law, but when Jesus is seen as an observant Jew who “did not come to abolish the Law” (Matthew 5:17), how can his Sabbath conflicts be reconciled?
If the Jewish Jesus did not observe the Sabbath, he broke God’s commandments and invalidated his messianic claims. His critics declared, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath” (John 9:16).
D. Thomas Lancaster brings a surprising and fresh Messianic Jewish reading of the Gospel’s Sabbath stories that overturns the theological tables of conventional interpretation. Lancaster opens a whole new chapter on Jesus, guaranteed to change the way we think about the Master’s relationship to Judaism and the holy Sabbath day. A must-read for every serious disciple.
"For the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath." (Matthew 12:8)