Many of my friends refer to Sunday as the Sabbath and some friends even observe the Jewish Sabbath. In these few sentences Jesus seems to redefine the whole concept of Sabbath saying that he is the lord of the Sabbath. It reminds me of these thoughts from the fourth chapter of Hebrews:
... we who have believed enter that rest ... there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God's rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.There is a rest in believing. There is a peace that passes brainy understanding when we trust the Lord with all of our heart. Why would we ever want something one day a week when we can have it every day? Why follow the law when you can follow the spirit of the law?
Is there any doubt in anyone's mind that Jesus knew that he was God Incarnate when he speaks of being lord of the Sabbath and greater than the temple. Try to imagine what the Pharisees thought when they heard him say that he was greater than the temple of God's presence. As Jesus speaks to them he projects the idea that he is greater than King David and priests who minister in the temple. In saying these things he acknowledges the kingly and priestly nature of the Messiah. Jesus knew who he was.
Lord Jesus, I confess you as Lord of lords and King of kings. You are God.