It was an interesting take on rest in yesterday’s sermon. Love the way our pastor pulls something out of scripture and puts a spin on it. We’re in the book of 1 John.
3 “This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, 4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.”1 John 5:3-4 NIV
”Everyone born of God overcomes the world,” (1 John 5:1) requires us to look at what it means to be born of God. This requires faith, but not just an initial faith when we get saved, but a consistently abiding faith. One that keeps us returning to converse with Jesus through prayer and trusting in him to guide us. This is also where we will find rest.
I find myself napping much more than I intend to, but I often wake up just as tired as I was before I closed my eyes. So real rest, the kind that John speaks of here is not sleep. It is a rest that we find when we are in relationship with and can trust upon Jesus. Our pastor compared it to the quiet in the eye of the hurricane, an intermission to the storms all around.
27 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father. No one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”Matthew 11:27-30
This is where our pastor opened my eyes to something I’d never thought about before. I always looked at “Come to me”, as an invitation, but what if Jesus is showing his authority when he says, “Come to Me”? What if it’s a command, not an invitation? Anyone else but Jesus couldn’t call people to themselves, because they aren’t God.
”For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matt 11:30) I can’t recall ever seeing a yoke on a team of animals of burden that looked light. That’s why we take our burdens to Jesus. He is the one who makes our burden light because he bears the weight of them.
There’s another place in scripture that God replies to Moses, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” (Exodus 33: 12-14)
God wants Moses to trust in him. He shouldn’t have to tell him every part of the plan ahead of time. God’s got it all covered. The command is to be in God’s presence, not in His passing.
Real rest starts with being constantly in the presence of God.
We accept the yoke of Jesus when we agree to become a disciple of his. We come to learn, being guided by his yoke. The burden is not on us, as it was with the religious leaders in Jesus’ days, but with Jesus to bear the weight. It brings rest and peace.
Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.1 John 5:3-4
- Jesus’ gift to his followers is rest for your soul.
- It’s simple…if you are not an over-comer, you are overcome.
- We are not promised a trouble-free life.
- We are promised victory…and in that we can rest!
Rest in this simple message as Jesus bears the burden for you and seek him…