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OUR SABBATH REST

“Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest…rest unto your souls.” – Matthew 11:28,29b
          How awesome!  Jesus gave the promise of “rest” to all who come to Him.
          What does this mean?
          Jesus has many titles such as Messiah, Savoir, Son of God, Son of Man, and Lamb of God.  Another title that is often overlooked is “Lord also of the Sabbath” (Mark 2:28).
          Sabbath simply means “rest,” and the Lord of the Sabbath has created our bodies to be refreshed, and by setting a day aside for physical rest is needful.
          Now Jesus declaring to be the “Lord of the Sabbath” means that He is the God who created in six days and rested – the same God who wrote the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20.  Yet Jesus said He came to “fulfill” the law (Matthew 5:17), which included the Sabbath.  Just as there are no longer animal sacrifices because of Jesus being the Lamb of God, so it is with the Sabbath.  The Sabbath is no longer a day – but a Person!
In the New Covenant, the Sabbath day is called a “shadow,” but the substance or reality of the Sabbath is Christ (Colossians 2:16,17).  That is why the Lord of the Sabbath, could give the invitation to come unto Him and He “will give you rest.”
          A Sabbath day comes only once a week.  That cannot provide the rest that we need from this everyday hectic world.  A day does not give rest in our trials, troubles, and pain.
          However, when we accept Jesus Christ as our New Covenant Sabbath we see that He is not confined to a one day a week ritual, but rather He is with us everyday of the week in relationship.  He is there for us at the work place, at school, the hospital, and the funeral home.  Jesus our Rest, our Sabbath, is on call 24/7 and He is only a prayer away.
          A cowboy driving a wagon going west came across a man walking westward.  The man walking was carrying a large backpack full of stuff – a very heavy burden to carry.
          The driver saw his burden and asked him if he wanted a ride.  Gratefully the man accepted. So he jumped into the back of the wagon and after a few minutes the driver turned around to see how the man was doing.  To his surprise, he found him still straining under the heavy weight of his burden while riding in the wagon.  The man had got into the wagon but never took the burden off his shoulders.
          Dear friend, how many of us are still carrying our burdens?
          Christ is the driver of our heavenly wagon and we have been invited to ride along with Him to our eternal destination, but many of us haven’t taken off our burdens.
          Come to Jesus as your Sabbath rest!
Published in the Marshall County Tribune
David C. Hale, pastor
email: reasons4believing@gmail.com
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