Rest from the BurdenBro. David Chancellor
3/11/2007 6:00 PM
At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
We don’t have to be wise or prudent for God to speak to our hearts. We don’t have to have everything figured out for him to help us out.
"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." This isn’t speaking of just the natural rest. We don’t have to go through life burdened down, struggling to get through. The world thinks living for God is hard and difficult. God’s yoke is easy. It just fits us. There are things in our lives that are that way because of what God ahs put in our lives. Some may wonder how we bear what we do, but how do they bear the burden of sin? In Jesus there is rest. We can have confidence and assurance that things are right between us and God. We can come to him and unload the burden.
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
This shows Jesus bearing our burden. He could invite us to come because he was going to carry our burden. "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way;…" The world is going the way of bondage. Turning to our own way is iniquity. The price of our unwillingness to submit to the way of God was laid on Christ. Your "own way" is not submitting to God. It’s not seeking out God’s will, way or plan and trying to figure it out on your own. God chooses a way that is good for someone like you. God fits us to the way that he has for us. We can enjoy this rest because we’re letting him order our lives in the way that would be best.
An employer hires someone to do something that he couldn’t or wouldn’t do. Every job involves work. If you can get into a job that suits you, you’ll do better at it. When you fit into God’s plan, it will be the one that suits you. When you seek God’s will, he can place you where you can make a difference to others.
God has rest for our souls. We don’t have to be unsubmissive to his will. When we submit, there is rest.
For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
This is what "labor and heavy laden" looks like. It is the laboring of the sinner. The sinner is captive and doing things he neither wanted to do nor liked to do. This isn’t what Jesus calls us to. The Christian is the only one who can do what he really wants to do. A sinner commits sin while overriding his conscience. Sin is a willful transgression. The devil would have you see it in just the opposite way, to believe that the Christian is doing what he has to do. If we are doing what we know is good and right then aren’t we doing what we want to do? People in sin got involved in many things because they were laboring under sin. Sin brings bondage that some would do anything to be free of. As people go on in sin, it’s not really doing what they want to do. It’s following after the world and others and it’s a heavy burden. God has called us and we can come to a place where we can do what we want to do – the things that are good and right. When you have God, your life doesn’t feel wretched. We want to be submitted to God and please him. We may go through some hard places, but Jesus is there to carry us through. The Christian experience is nothing like what is written here. We don’t have to be wretched; we can have rest.
For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest. Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
God rested on the seventh day. He had a better rest than the Sabbath or the land of Canaan. While there is a natural benefit to these, it wasn’t what God had in mind. We need times of rest, physically, for our health. The rest he gives us is the rest of being delivered from the power of sin. We have the rest that comes from God setting us free and getting into the center of his plan for us. Jesus offers you rest if you’re laboring under sin.