Rest for the People of God – Hebrews


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There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from the works as God did from His (Hebrews 4:9-10).

Some people are hard to please; others are impossible to please. I’ve been in relationships with both kinds of people. And sometimes the hardest person to please is yourself. Trying to gain favor by living to a difficult or impossible standard is wearisome. Never meeting those expectations and demands is full of despair and death.

It’s impossible to live up to the law of God. The 613 commandments of the Old Testament law God gave to Israel are beyond any human ability to follow perfectly. Even the greatest commandment, to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength (Mark 12:30) results in absolute failure a thousand times each day.

Come unto Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).

The rest Jesus offers isn’t from shoveling snow, doing laundry, or going to the office five days a week. It’s a rest from the labor of trying to live up the impossible standard of the law of Moses to gain God’s favor. Jesus offers grace over commandments. He offers a right relationship (righteousness) with God apart from the law … through faith in Him (Romans 3:21-22). No more striving to please. No more labor resulting in failure. No more impossible standard to reach. Faith in Jesus is rest.

For we who have believed do enter that rest (Hebrews 4:3).

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