Friday, January 11, 2008

Experiencing the Lord's Rest Today

Last week we considered that Christ is our rest, both now and forever. This is what the Old Testament Sabbath command pointed toward. "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest," Jesus said. "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." As we rest in the finished work of Christ on our behalf, we are set free from sin the slave-driver.
But as we are on our pilgrimage to glory, we also find that our rest in Christ has very definite effects upon the way we live. In this way, too, the Sabbath command is helpful for us today, because it draws our attention to fundamental truths about reality that we need to live by. As we live by these truths, we find that life is not the rat race the world thinks it is. It is a beautiful participation with God in the outworking of his eternal plan. Join us as we rejoice together in the rest that Christ provides!

Come, Let Us with Our Lord Arise (#25)
Praise Ye the Lord (#42)
Take Time to Be Holy (#469)
Jesus, Where'er Thy People Meet (#666)
Rejoice, Believer, in the Lord (#627)
For All the Saints (#643)

Scripture Reading
Psalm 119:113-128

The Command to Enter into the Lord's Rest
Deuteronomy 5:12-15

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