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What can a study of Marks Gospel tell Christians of various denominations about the meaning and importance of the Sabbath?

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Nicholas Carvalho GCSE Coursework Wednesday, September 17, 2003 What can a study of Marks Gospel tell Christians of various denominations about the meaning and importance of the Sabbath? The Sabbath comes from a Hebrew word meaning rest. It marks the day in which God rested after creating the world. It is the Jewish holy day of rest and worship. The Christian Sabbath is on a Sunday. It is a day we dedicate to worship. It is on a Sunday because it marks the day on which Jesus rose from the dead. This is a happy occasion because Jesus died to forgive our sins. If he hadn't done this, we would not go to the kingdom of heaven. Mark's gospel speaks mainly of conflict between Jesus and the Pharisees, therefore it does not go into much detail into explaining what the Sabbath really is. It does tell us however, what Jesus and the Pharisees thought of it, and what it meant to them. ...read more.

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So the son of man is lord even of the Sabbath.' This means Jesus has the power to do as he sees fit on the Sabbath. It means the Sabbath was made for our benefit, but we should spend it as we want to. Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath. At the start of Mark Ch. 3 v 1-6, Jesus went to the Synagogue where a man with a paralyzed hand was brought to him. Some people were there who wanted to accuse Jesus of doing wrong, so they watched him very closely to see if he would heal the man on the Sabbath. Jesus spoke to them and said, 'What does our Law allow us to do on the day of the Sabbath? To help or to harm? To save someone's life or destroy it?' when he got no answer Jesus was angry and he said to the man, 'stretch out your hand,' and immediately it was well again. After seeing this, the Pharisees went of to start plotting Jesus' death. ...read more.

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"Take it", He said, "this is my body." 'This is my blood which is poured out for many, my blood which seals God's covenant." Taking holy communion symbolizes the ultimate sacrifice Jesus made for us. His body and his blood, his life. Communion is the most spiritual ritual in the Roman Catholic Church because we believe it is the same ritual performed 2000 years ago in the presence of Christ. It is the renewal of our covenant with God. We believe it is a physical and spiritual sacrament. Baptists and Methodists do not consider communion as important as Catholics, and therefore may only celebrate it once or twice a month. This is because they only believe in the spiritual importance of communion, not the physical. Quakers and the Salvation Army do not have Mass and therefore do not have Communion. The Salvation Army do good deeds to show their love of God, e.g. Collecting Money for Charities and over fundraising events. Quakers have prayer meetings, and wait in meditation to be spoken to by God. 999 words ...read more.

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