Rest for your Souls

Have you ever met someone who is never pleased? Whatever you do or however you do it, it will never be good enough. It’s just a matter of time before you’ll discover that the issue the person has, is not what you’re NOT doing

Jesus is addressing this mentality in Matthew 11 , which is highlighted in the verses 16 to 19:

To what can I compare this generation? It is like children playing a game in the public square. They complain to their friends,‘We played wedding songs, and you didn’t dance, so we played funeral songs, and you didn’t mourn.’ For John didn’t spend his time eating and drinking, and you say, ‘He’s possessed by a demon.’ The Son of Man,on the other hand, feasts and drinks, and you say, ‘He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!’

Matthew 11:16-19

These people could just not be pleased! Trying to meet their demands was just an illusion. They were clouded by their own judgement concerning John and Jesus. They pretty much resented John and Jesus.

They were loud in their complaints of the Baptist because he would not share their self-indulgent mirth; they were bitter against Jesus because He would not live according to the rules of their hypocritical austerity.

“But wisdom is shown to be right by its results.” Their conduct showed that they they were not wise, because they did not recognize Jesus. They couldn’t see because they were blinded in their hearts.

They couldn’t recognize the fulfillment of the scriptures in John, who was the Elijah who was to come. They also did not recognize Jesus, the LOGOS, the CREATOR, GOD INCARNATE. He came to His own, but His own did not receive Him.

They resented Christ in their hearts, despite the manifestation of His divinity before their very eyes. They resented Him in their heart, because He did not comply with their expectation of Him and their expression of piousness. They lost sight of God in their own worldly wisdom and cleverness.

At that time Jesus prayed this prayer: “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike.  Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way!

Matthew 11:25-26

The real issue is that the people wanted to serve God their way. They were yoked by their earthly traditions, customs and interpretations of the scriptures. They were engaged in all types of devotional activities and could not believe in Jesus, whose doctrine was strange in their eyes

But the truth is that the way of men cannot touch the heart of the Father. Nor cannot it enable us to know the Father’s ways and the Father’s heart. The only way to know anything about the Father is through Jesus. The only way to even approach the Father is through Jesus

 “My Father has entrusted everything to me. No one truly knows the Son except the Father, and no one truly knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

Matthew 11:27

Jesus Himself said: Anyone who does not honor the Son is certainly not honoring the Father who sent him (John 5:23). In our journey with God we cannot overlook Jesus. There is simply no other pattern for the human life than Jesus. If we think to find or seek a pattern other than Christ, we will have an earthly and soulish design and insight in the things of God

Jesus is the only and true image of the invisible God. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known. (John 1:18).

Currently, in my short biblical training course, I came across a very meaningful quote in my reader. This quote was given in light of a lecture by John Lennox on interpreting Genesis, and namely the Sabbath. The quote says the following about this day in the Jewish culture:

“It is a day that sets a limit to our intervention in nature and to our economic activity. We become conscious of being creations, not creators. The earth is not ours, but God’s . . . The Sabbath is a weekly reminder of the integrity of nature and the boundaries of human striving.”

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, The Dignity of Difference

There is something so profound to this statement that needs to be completed through the lens of Jesus Christ. By the Spirit we know that since the revelation of Jesus Christ, man has been given the opportunity to cease from His own works in knowing God and to come into a place of rest. A place where divine provisions have been made for us to live from the same place as Christ Himself. This is a place of the intended relationship between God and man, through Jesus Christ. For it is written: God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure ( Ephesians 1:5)

For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard. For we who have believed enter that rest, just as He has said

Hebrews 4: 2-3

Let us no longer deny Christ and His pattern, when it comes to prayer, worship, teachings, family, church, ministry, service, business and life as a whole. Like children let’s be willing to be taught by Him about our true nature and purpose. let’s submit into obedience to Him. Let’s break all heavy yokes today and embrace the Master, Jesus Christ

And this is what Jesus promises: “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.

John 14:23

“Heavenly Father, we thank you for your Wisdom
Lord, we willingly submit ourselves under your revealed hand,
Jesus Christ, who is forever to be praised
Today, we embrace Him in our lives
So that our lives may be to the praise of your glory, in Jesus name we pray, AMEN

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