As I have been away from posting for a while, I have had time to think through it a bit. I tried to contemplate how it made sense in light of the gospel story that all humanity were “lords of the Sabbath.”
In what way could all men be lords of the Sabbath? Did they create the Sabbath Law? No, YHWH did. Did men have the ability to change the regulations of the Sabbath Law? No, if they had broken the Sabbath (like picking up fire wood) they would have been executed (Numbers 15:32 -35) . Did men have the authority to ignore the Sabbath Law? No, Jesus told them they must obey the entire Law in spirit and in letter (Matthew 5:18 -19).
True, men got benefit from keeping the Sabbath Law, but that did not make them lords over the Sabbath. Humankind benefits from the rain that falls, but that does not make them lords over the rain. So that weak logic easily fails.
I can readily see how Jesus was Lord of the Sabbath. Jesus, as YHWH, authored the Sabbath Law. In fact, as Creator, Jesus rested on the 7th day and thus invented the first Sabbath observance. As YHWH Jesus accepts the worship given by the Jews on the Sabbath. So, yes, I can see how Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath.
Nonetheless, I am curious, in what meaningful way was man supposed to be lord over the Sabbath since he could not create it, change it, and had to obey it or be executed?
I know of a rock singer who proclaimed himself as the original Lord of the Darkness decades ago, so what?
Moshe, EXACTLY! Alleging to have a grand title like "Lord of the Sabbath" is meaningless and laughable without the power and authority that goes with it.
We're still waiting for Jesus to keep his promises.
The WTS has this wrong. All the promises that YHWH/Jesus made about the remnant of Israel all getting saved, living in safety, living long healthy lives, and having the Lord rule the world from Jerusalem is all still coming, still future. Right after the Great Tribulation Jesus will install Himself as King of the Earth for 1000 years. Every promise will be fulfilled, then.