The Sabbath is also called the Lord’s day (see Revelation 1:10). Why do you think that Jesus Christ is called the Lord of the Sabbath? (see Matthew 12:8). Review together a few verses that can help inspire members to think of ways to center their Sabbath day experiences on Jesus Christ (for example, Helaman 5:12; Ether 12:41; Moroni 10:32; and D&C 6:36–37). What other verses can members share that could help them make the Sabbath more Christ-centered? What goals can we set to help us focus on the Savior throughout the Sabbath day?
Why is Jesus called the Lord of the Sabbath?
Matthew 12:8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the asabbath day.
Some possible answers:
- because it is His day
- He asked us to keep the Sabbath
- He performed good deeds on the Sabbath
- He created the earth and rested on the Sabbath
- He was resurrected on a Sunday
See: Lord of the Sabbath
Centring our Sabbath on Christ
Helaman 5: 12 And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the arock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your bfoundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty cstormshall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.
‘Ordinances and covenants are the building blocks we use to construct our lives upon the foundation of Christ and His Atonement. We are connected securely to and with the Savior as we worthily receive ordinances and enter into covenants, faithfully remember and honor those sacred commitments, and do our best to live in accordance with the obligations we have accepted. And that bond is the source of spiritual strength and stability in all of the seasons of our lives.’ Elder David A Bednar, General Conference, April 2015)
How can we better use the ordinance of the Sacrament to centre our Sabbath on Christ?
Ether 12:41 And now, I would commend you to aseek this Jesus of whom the prophets and apostles have written, that the grace of God the Father, and also the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost, which beareth brecord of them, may be and abide in you forever. Amen.
‘You too can seek our Heavenly Father and “this Jesus of whom the prophets and apostles have [testified]” Ether 12:41 in the scriptures and in this general conference. As you seek a personal witness—your personal revelation—you will discover that Heavenly Father has provided a special way for you to know the truth for yourself: through the third member of the Godhead, a personage of spirit we know as the Holy Ghost.’ (Elder Robert D hales, General Conference, October 2014)
How can the scriptures help us to better centre our Sabbath on Christ?
Moroni 10:32 32 Yea, acome unto Christ, and be bperfected in him, and cdeny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and dlove God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be eperfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.
How can the Sabbath day help us in our quest to be perfected in Christ?
How can the Sabbath day help us to look unto Christ in every thought?
Inspired by these scriptures, what goals can we set to help us focus on the Savior throughout the Sabbath day?