So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.
Power is a funny thing. As someone who works in middle management, I sometimes feel that I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place. I have to take responsibility for my department, but at the same time there are occasions when senior management want me to do things differently. Equally, sometimes I have what I consider to be good ideas, but when I put them forward, they usually get rejected, since I am thinking beyond the level of my authority. The one who has the authority in my school is the Headmaster. You could say that he is the Lord of our school. He can implement any idea he wants, and run the school pretty much how he wants.
In our Mark Marathon article, Jesus is criticized for allowing his disciples to pick grain on the Sabbath. His response is that he, the Son of Man, is Lord even of the Sabbath. He has authority over the Sabbath. This would stand to reason, since he was there when God the Father created Heaven and Earth. He was there when God created the Sabbath. Who is better placed to judge what is and isn’t allowed on the Sabbath than Jesus, the Lord of the Sabbath?
As we go through Mark’s Gospel together, we will discover that Jesus has authority over all manner of things, precisely because of his unique position as a member of the Trinity of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The question is – is he your Lord? Do you show him respect? Do you pay him homage?