Jesus said”Come apart and rest awhile” Mark 6:31
Might I add, “Come apart and rest awhile or YOU WILL COME APART”!!
True rest comes only from Jesus!! “Come unto Me and I will give you rest”! Matthew 11:28-29.
God’s Sabbath rest is a symbol of true deliverance from trying to save myself!! “For he who has entered His rest has himself ceased from his works as God did from His” Hebrews 4:1,4,9-10.
May you truly rest from striving to save yourself!!
Please Enjoy This Post By Pastor Dennis Smith!!
The gospel is taught in the Creation story. In Genesis we read: “Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done” (Gen. 2:1, 2).
Here we discover that God worked, then rested. The situation for Adam was just the opposite. First, he entered into God’s rest, since the seventh-day Sabbath was his first full day of life. After entering God’s rest on the seventh day, he then worked.
The same sequence is true concerning our redemption. In Christ, God completed the work of redemption through His sinless life, death, and resurrection. We begin experiencing God’s redemptive work in our lives by resting in what God has already done for us. We rest in the fact that Jesus died for our sins and has given to us eternal life as a free gift. We rest in the fact that we have Christ’s righteousness covering us. We also rest in the fact that at the cross the power of our sinful nature was broken, and we are now free to serve God. Daily, we rest in the fact that Christ lives in us and will live out His life in and through us if we simply choose to let Him.
Once believers rest in these truths, they are able then to “work,” or faithfully serve and obey God in life and ministry. This rest is necessary for them to faithfully serve God. By rest I mean that they accept by faith what God has done for their redemption, and trust implicitly in Christ.
In Hebrews 4 we find a similar description of the concept of rest in the story of Israel’s failure to enter into God’s rest during their wilderness sojourn:
“There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall after the same example of disobedience” (Heb. 4:9-11).
God’s Word is very clear about the concept of rest. When we enter into God’s rest we cease our own efforts. We are told that it is important for us to seek to enter into this rest. Otherwise, we will fail in our obedience to God because of unbelief.
The only way to gain victory over temptation and sin is to rest in the fact that Jesus abides in us and to allow Him to live out His life in and through us. We must rest in that truth through belief and not hinder God’s work of redemption in our life by trying to work or exert our own effort to obey. Our part is to believe and choose to let Christ live out His life in us. We are to rest in His completed work. This resting in Christ is the true meaning of the Sabbath rest God calls us to experience:
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 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 manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it” (Ex. 20: 8-11).
Our part is to choose and to believe. This requires 100 percent surrender to Christ 100 percent of the time.
We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it. Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!! 1John 5:11-13, 1 John 3:2, John 17:3
Behold, I am Coming Quickly! Revelation 22:12,17,20
Jesus Is About To Come!!