Who is in charge of the church service?
Some might say the worship leader. Some might say the preacher. Actually, Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath. If this is true, then those who are in public positions on Sunday are merely responsible for their portion. If Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath, then those same people are not accountable to the preferences of a constantly changing culture. They are responsible to a never-changing God. Jesus often did things on the Sabbath or in the Synagogue/Temple that just burned the Pharisees. He was not intentionally trying to disturb the Pharisees, their regulations were so vast and strict that no one could actually worship anymore. Jesus in Matthew 12 calls for a deregulation concerning the Sabbath.
1 At that time Jesus passed through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick and eat some heads of grain. 2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to Him, “Look, Your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath!” 3 He said to them, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and those who were with him were hungry 4 how he entered the house of God, and they ate the sacred bread, which is not lawful for him or for those with him to eat, but only for the priests? 5 Or haven’t you read in the Law that on Sabbath days the priests in the temple violate the Sabbath and are innocent? 6 But I tell you that something greater than the temple is here! 7 If you had known what this means: I desire mercy and not sacrifice, you would not have condemned the innocent. 8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
Since we worship corporately on Sunday, instead of the Sabbath Saturday, what does this mean for the people in church on Sunday? Here are three brief things we can learn from these verses:
- God (Father, Son, and Spirit) is to be the focus not the people.
- Mercy overrides any natural response.
- Rigidity to certain styles and orders denies the Spirit’s leadership.
Before you enter another church service here are three simple prayers we need to say.
- Help me to focus on you God and nothing else. Clear my mind and cleanse my heart of any selfishness.
- Fill me with mercy, God, so that it flows out of me when things do not meet my expectations from those leading the people.
- Soften me and make me flexible for the next 90 minutes.
May we truly worship the next time we gather together in the name of Jesus!