29 Apr 2017

Jesus, Lord Of The Sabbath

So many of us have embraced productivity, work, and career as the main purpose in life. The result is dangerous because we end up working to the extreme so that our life is consumed by the rat race of life. Stress levels at workplaces are increasing. Job insecurities, working too hard, required overtime, bad time management, an unreasonable boss, and other negative conditions causes extreme stress. This is especially true for singles. Here are two primary areas where you can find rest in Jesus.

Rest for our Bodies

Jesus desires you to rest from all the busy-ness of life. In fact, Jesus literally commanded His disciples to rest because He knew they were exhausted from all the work they’ve been through (Mark 6:30-31). God is not against work. But He is against work consuming our lives. God has given us a special principle to find this rest. It is His design but many of us take it for granted.

Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates.” – Exodus 20:9-10 [NKJV]

Someone once said, “Sometimes the most Godly thing you can do is eat, sleep, and rest. In context, this person pertained to our rest day. The Sabbath was originally God’s gift to humanity. It doesn’t matter what day of the week you take your rest as long as you take it once a week. Exercising, eating balanced meals, sleeping well, and doing things you enjoy are some simple ways to find rest for our bodies. We need to take care of our bodies. It’s also our act of worship.

Rest for our souls

If you have a heavy heart, broken, in pain, confused, disappointed, the Bible says Jesus is calling you to come to Him. Come as you are, with your heartache, shame, sin, and He will give you His rest. This is soul rest.

“‘28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.’” – Matthew 11:28-30 [NKJV]

The Lord Jesus Christ spoke those words in contrast with the acts of the Pharisees. Why? Because the Pharisees blew up the Ten Commandments to 600++ laws that everyone had to fulfill. Worse, they imposed such a heavy legalistic burden on people and didn’t even bother to help them at all (Matthew 23:3-4)!

On the other hand, Jesus is calling anyone, anywhere who hears the invitation from the Son of God to come and find salvation rest. Jesus promises that in Him we will find complete rest from our labors of self-effort and being weighed down with problems. The yoke is the key to our rest. Jesus insists that we take His yoke upon our necks. There will be two of you working together, not just one. A yoke is a symbol of partnership. A trust that we put in Jesus. Our yoke is light because Jesus removes our guilt and our fear. His forgiveness lifts this heavy weight from us. We are invited to learn of Him by abiding in Him. By being bound together with Him. the closeness allows us to be taught.

Remember that our rest doesn’t rest on us at all. It rests only on Jesus, the Lord of the Sabbath (Luke 6:5), Who broke the yoke of our own sinfulness and removed our burden on the cross. The sacrifice made by Jesus on the cross is the only way for man to be reconciled with God permanently. After performing the ultimate sacrifice Jesus rested, He sat down at the right hand of God the Father. Because of what He did, we no longer must labor in vain attempts of self-righteous acts to be saved. Jesus gave His life to pay for our sins which we could never pay for on our own. He offers salvation as a gift. He gives us eternal life so that through Him, we might have a loving relationship with God, the Father. Only faith in Jesus can and will save the human soul. Jesus promised all those who come to Him that He would give them rest for their souls. What a blessing this promise is!

If you want to achieve the true rest God gives us through Jesus Christ, pray this:

“Dear God in heaven, I come to you only in the name of Jesus. I acknowledge to You that I am a sinner. I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived. I need your forgiveness. I believe that your only begotten Son Jesus Christ shed His precious blood on the cross, died for my sins. I turn away from my sinful life. Right now I confess Jesus as the Lord of my soul. I have faith that God raised Jesus from the dead. This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as my own personal Savior and according to His Word. Restore your perfect design in me as the man you intended me to be. Thank you, Father, for making a way through Jesus. Christ to give me eternal life. Holy Spirit, help me live the life God has called me to. All for Your glory alone, amen!

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