Sabbath is for rest and fellowship but if it’s just that, it’s pretty selfish. We need to embrace ministry and service. There are opportunities for service and ministry all around us. But when we step into people’s lives, it’s not always comfortable, it could get messy — but it can make a difference.
Jesus healed on the Sabbath, publicly ignoring the restrictions imposed for the Jewish Sabbath. Eg. he told one man to carry his mat and he kneaded the mud to heal another.
Healing on the Sabbath was a lightning rod, it got Jesus in all kinds of trouble. He was persecuted for it. Why did Jesus do this? Why did he throw fuel on the fire? Jesus used the Sabbath to identify himself with God and to demonstrate that God is present and compassionate.
The Jews, with a plethora of laws and restrictions, were portraying God as legalistic, as someone who keeps count of wrongs. Jesus healed and performed miracles on the Sabbath to correct this view of God. He showed God as the loving God that He is.
There are still many misperceptions of God in the world around us. By doing as God does, we right the wrong perceptions of God in this world. By sharing and caring, we show that God is love.