“Now it happened on the second Sabbath after the first that He went through the grainfields. And His disciples plucked the heads of grain and ate them, rubbing them in their hands. And some of the Pharisees said to them, “Why are you doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath?” But Jesus answering them said, “Have you not even read this, what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him: how he went into the house of God, took and ate the showbread, and also gave some to those with him, which is not lawful for any but the priests to eat?” And He said to them, “The Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.””
Luke 6:1-5 NKJV
Jesus makes an extraordinary statement, saying that He is the Lord of the Sabbath, implying that He is in charge and that it belongs to us.
This means that Jesus wants us to observe sabbath/rest.
It is however difficult nowadays because we are so busy. We wrestle with job insecurity and such.
How do we have rest when working life ks busy and job insecurity are always around us?
We may get physical rest but not in the place of inner most restlessness.
What does it mean to take rest as far as the Word is concerned?
“Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.”
Genesis 2:1-2 NKJV
Did God get tired in this Scripture? Does it contradict this Scripture?
“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable.”
Isaiah 40:28 NKJV
When we say God took rest, God stood back and said His creation was good.
“There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.”
Hebrews 4:9-10 NKJV
Rest is taking a step back and saying that our lives are good. That is entering into His rest.
The problem is that we are religious and believe that we must do everything when God has done everything and we should just respond to what God has done on the Cross and His grace. Then we have rest.
How do we get rest in Him?
“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.””
Matthew 11:29-30 NKJV
The focus is not on the yoke but on the farmer who has the rope that maneuvers the yoke to tell where the animal should go.
We might not know where we are heading in life but if we have a farmer like Jesus guiding us, we can rest. The farmer knows what kind of yoke to gives us.
Jesus telling us to take his yoke in exchange for our yoke of problems and issues and challenges will help to guide us into rest.
Jesus uses the yoke humbly and gently guide us through life.
Jesus died in restlessness on the Cross so that we could have rest. The restlessness of sin and wickedness, insecurities and failures…all are on Jesus when He took it on the Cross.
Is it possible to get that kind of rest?
Can we be contented and satisfied?
It is possible when Jesus is in the centre of our lives. Take His yoke and feel His pleasure as we do our daily work and lives.
We are liberated from the pressure and restlessness into His rest with trust.