After experiencing the brokenness of our world, human beings put systems in place hoping for some sense of rest. Like children who are victims of abuse, or perhaps children of alcoholics or drug addicts. Exhausted by the continual chaos, the child becomes a perfectionist. Striving for rest she is exhausted by her own perfectionism. She would give anything to SLOW DOWN her mind a little so that she could rest. You may not have experienced things just like this, but I am guessing you know what I am talking about.
Human beings in a fallen world need Sabbath. We need rest. Its built into our fabric...We need rest from our work, we need rest from school work, we need rest from our anxieties, some of you desperately long for rest from chronic diseases, but mostly I think we need rest from the systems, the techniques, the workable solutions that we use that dangerously give us a false sense of Sabbath. Jesus is Master of Rest. Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath.
23 One Sabbath he was going through the grainfields, and as they made their way, his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. 24 And the Pharisees were saying to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” 25 And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did, when he was in need and was hungry, he and those who were with him: 26 how he entered the house of God, in the time of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those who were with him?” 27 And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. (ESV)