Thursday, September 10, 2020
In most of the invitations Jesus issued to people he was very adamant about the cost of discipleship. He would say things like “anyone who wants to be my follower must deny himself, pick up his cross, and follow in my footsteps” or “you must hate your whole family in order to be my follower.”
But in Matthew 11:28, Jesus says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Before this invitation, his cousin, John the Baptizer, sent his followers to ask Jesus if he was the one. After they left he ask the crowd why they went out to see John in the wilderness. They weren’t satisfied with someone who came calling as a prophet, and they weren’t satisfied with someone who came calling as a friend. So Jesus made this invitation to them.
To the listener this invitation takes them back to the invitation that God gave in Isaiah 55.
“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters;
and you who have no money, come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.
Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.
Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David.
Seek the Lord while he may be found;
call on him while he is near.
Let the wicked forsake their ways
and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,
and to our God, for he will freely pardon. (Is 55:1-3,6-7)
This invitation is not from a prophet, a teacher, or a friend. This invitation is from God. And this invitation is to rest. In the Law of Moses, the Sabbot or Sabbath day was important…very important. From the very beginning it was God’s invitation to rest. God created man and woman on the sixth day. And on the seventh he told man and woman to rest. From what? God did all the hard work. God created almost everything before man and woman were even around. Man and woman were the last thing that God created. But that’s the point. God did all the work.
The Sabbot Rest is a time when man and women are to rest, reflect on all that their God has done, and share together in fellowship with God and each other. You can read about the Sabbath in Ge 2:1-3; Ex 20:8-11. Ex 16:29 - “Bear in mind that the Lord has given you the Sabbath…”
Our Sabbot today is not limited to just one day. It’s not Saturday or Sunday… It’s everyday. Our rest is in Jesus. Our rest IS Jesus! Everyday should be a day of stillness, reflection, fellowship, and worship to the God who has given us rest. It is also a taste of our eternal place of rest in heaven.