This is the rest: Enter in

Matthew 11--28

The Verse of the Day for December 28, 2014 is found in Matthew 11: 28, but to better understand exactly what Jesus Christ is saying, we also need to examine verses 29 and 30 which close out the chapter.

Matthew 11:28-30:

28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

Jesus Christ invites his followers, all those who work and are heavy laden, to enter “a place of quiet rest . . . near to the heart of God.” The Lord draws to himself those who are burdened with care, that they might find rest to their souls. In thinking about a place of rest from one’s labor, we recall the original intent of the Sabbath, first spoken of Genesis 2:1-3:

So the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed. On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation.

This passage in Genesis connects the Sabbath and the “seventh day” and “rest,” all terms derived from the Hebrew word Shabbat. Described as the centerpiece of Jewish life, Shabbat (the Sabbath) is designated as a day of rest and celebration beginning on Friday at sunset and ending on the following evening after nightfall.

The concept of the Sabbath comes to mind while reflecting on the Verse of Day and the following verses in Matthew 11:28-30.This particular passage is the inspiration for the following original song:

This Is the Rest

This is the rest, wherein He shall cause the weary to rest.

Enter in and cease from your labor.

This is the rest, come in, partake of His promises.

This is the rest, come in, be refreshed in the Lord.

 

Jesus said come unto to me,

All ye that are heavy laden.

Take my yoke upon and learn of me,

For I am meek and lowly of heart.

And ye shall find rest, rest unto your souls.

 

This is the rest, wherein He shall cause the weary to rest.

Enter in and cease from your labor.

This is the rest, come in, partake of His promises.

This is the rest, come in, be refreshed in the Lord.

Reggie and Ladye Love Smith offer a song to round out our discussion of words of Jesus Christ in Matthew 11:28-30: “I will give you rest.”

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