What we see here, then, is that at its heart, the Sabbath is about God giving rest to his people, so that they might then extend that rest to others. That is the work of God that is highlighted on the Sabbath day, and that is the work that Jesus is doing on the Sabbath day. But what Jesus’s healings also point out is that God’s work of giving rest and relief from slavery is not a work that is locked up in the past. It’s not something we just remember each Sabbath day – but it’s something we are also to receive each Sabbath day.
Pastor Nicoletti preaches from John 5:1-17.