They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. Now it was a Sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. So the Pharisees again asked him how he had received his sight. And he said to them, “He put mud on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.” Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was a division among them. So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him, since he has opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.”
by: Jerry Johnson.
Applying the Sabbath commandment to real life can be as difficult today as it was in biblical times. Jesus dealt with religious authorities who went way beyond the boundaries of the Law in order to add layers of tradition and man-made rules so that what should have been a delight became a burden. They could not even rejoice when Christ performed a miracle to display His glory in front of their eyes. Is our Sabbath experience really a blessing from God or have we made it such a ritualistic experience that we are unable to enjoy the gift that has been offered to us?