THIS IS WHY WE CAN REST IN JESUS

THIS IS WHY WE CAN REST IN JESUS

Vacations are often rewards we buy ourselves for a job well done. During vacations, some like to shop, some like to see the sights, others like to relax, or in the modern colloquial, chill. Whatever your reason, whatever your preference, vacations are always meant to be a time of rest, when we lay down our cares and worries, and just take time out for ourselves.

Beloved, Jesus also wants us to take off from our toil, our cares and our worries. Yes, He wants us to work, because through our work, we can bless others with the gifts that He has blessed us with; regardless of our station in life. But what He wants even more, is for us to rest from our cares and worries; knowing that even as we slog it out physically in our jobs, our hearts and minds can be at perfect peace, knowing that He will take care of all our troubles, so that we can pay attention to the more important things, namely, appreciating all the good that He has put into our lives.

Now, it is rather pointless to want us to rest if things are not taken care of. At the back of our minds, we know that there is a lot to do. Honestly, when many of us think of rest, our response is just like Martha.

“Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” Luke 10:38-40

Our lives are very blessed. Our store houses are full and our station is weighty. But ironically, with the blessings also come responsibilities; and we feel their burden on our shoulders. But Jesus shows us that the more our responsibilities want to catch hold of us, the more we should instead respond like Mary, and sit at His feet to hear His word, as He told Martha,

And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42

So then, here is why we can sit at His feet and hear His word despite our troubles and stresses. Here is why we can rest.

“...When He had by offering Himself accomplished our cleansing of sins and riddance of guilt, He sat down at the right hand of the divine Majesty on high,” Hebrews 1:3 [AMPC]

Jesus has accomplished, completed, once and for all, the cleansing of our sins and the riddance of our guilt; so we do not have to anymore. Now, we keep going back to this, harping on the salvation that is ours to have; but it does not have one single ounce of relevance to the troubles in your life, you say? Ok, try this. Just for the next hour, go about your day thinking ‘God hates me’. I assure you that the next website that you will be heading to will be Conspiracy Theory ‘R’ Us.

We need that assurance. We need to know, deep down inside, that we are good with God, tight with our Father, loved by Him. That is how we know that we can face the day, face our lives with a firm and sure foundation on which we can place our faith that good will come. That is how we can face our problems with the confidence that no matter what may befall us,

“You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.” Psalm 91: 5-7

In fact, the Psalmist was so confident, he said,

“Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.” Psalm 91:8

So why can we rest? Because Jesus is already resting. Why is Jesus already resting? Because, for us who believe, our sins have been purged, completely, once and for all, past present and future. We are now right with our Father.

The next reason why we can rest is because Jesus, of whom we say,

“He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2

Has been given by God our Father this right,

“Sit at My right hand,
Till I make Your enemies Your footstool” Hebrews 1:13

So this is why,

“Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.” Psalm 91:3-4
Because He can.

Consider this then, beloved,

“It makes good sense that the God who got everything started and keeps everything going now completes the work by making the Salvation Pioneer perfect through suffering as he leads all these people to glory. Since the One who saves and those who are saved have a common origin, Jesus doesn’t hesitate to treat them as family,” Hebrews 2:10-11 [MSG]
So therefore,

“Since the children are made of flesh and blood, it’s logical that the Savior took on flesh and blood in order to rescue them by his death. By embracing death, taking it into himself, he destroyed the Devil’s hold on death and freed all who cower through life, scared to death of death.
It’s obvious, of course, that he didn’t go to all this trouble for angels. It was for people like us, children of Abraham. That’s why he had to enter into every detail of human life. Then, when he came before God as high priest to get rid of the people’s sins, he would have already experienced it all himself—all the pain, all the testing—and would be able to help where help was needed.” Hebrews 2:14-18 [MSG]

So this is why the relief for all our pain, the deliverance from all our testing, the help which you need right now, they are all there for you, in the person of Jesus, complete and ready for you to claim. Jesus can do it all for you. And just like how He responded to the leper when asked if He was willing to cleanse Him,

“Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.” Matthew 8:3

He will reach out to you and touch you, and meet your needs because He is always willing. After all, remember,

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever;” Hebrews 13:8

So then beloved, for you who believe; this gift is really yours to lose, because it has already been won, earned and given to you by Jesus. That is why the Bible tells us,

“Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says:
“Today, if you will hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion,
In the day of trial in the wilderness,
Where your fathers tested Me, tried Me,
And saw My works forty years.
Therefore I was angry with that generation,
And said, ‘They always go astray in their heart,
And they have not known My ways.’
So I swore in My wrath,
‘They shall not enter My rest.’”” Hebrews 3:7-11

There is really only one way you can deprive yourself of the help and therefore the rest that Jesus wants to give you, that is to harden your heart; and this is what the hardening of the heart means.

“[Therefore beware] brethren, take care, lest there be in any one of you a wicked, unbelieving heart [which refuses to cleave to, trust in, and rely on Him], leading you to turn away and desert or stand aloof from the living God.” Hebrews 3:12 [AMPC]

The only way you can deprive yourself is when you do not believe in Him, believe that our Father loves you, and Jesus is always willing to help you. By not believing, you are turning away from Them and standing aloof from Them. And because your strength is limited, when you reject Their help, our Father tells us,

“They’ll never get where they’re going,
never be able to sit down and rest.” Hebrews 3:11 [MSG]

For it is written,

“They never got there because they never listened, never believed.” Hebrews 3:19 [MSG]

So then beloved, remember that,

“We received the same promises as those people in the wilderness, but the promises didn’t do them a bit of good because they didn’t receive the promises with faith. If we believe, though, we’ll experience that state of resting.” Hebrews 4:2-3 [MSG]

And beloved, this is not some promise that only applied to those in the past and not for us today, for it is written,

“And so this is still a live promise. It wasn’t canceled at the time of Joshua; otherwise, God wouldn’t keep renewing the appointment for “today.” The promise of “arrival” and “rest” is still there for God’s people. God himself is at rest. And at the end of the journey we’ll surely rest with God.” Hebrews 4:8-10 [MSG]

In fact, The Amplified Bible tells us rather emphatically,

“Therefore, while the promise of entering His rest still holds and is offered [today], let us be afraid [to distrust it], lest any of you should think he has come too late and has come short of [reaching] it.” Hebrews 4:1 [AMPC]

So let us adopt the posture of Mary and respond as she did when told that she would be with child, with Jesus,

“Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38

Tell Jesus that you believe in Him. Tell Him You not only accept but rejoice in the salvation that His death brings you. Tell Him that You believe that through His blood shed, You now have full remission of sins, and that you are right with God your Father. Look up the promises of provision that Jesus has given you. They can be found under the topic of God’s Provision. Realize just how much Jesus wants to do for you. Then turn control of your life over to Jesus and let Him worry about the troubles, let Him lead you and rest in His love.

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