At Rest At Last
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Jackson Snyder, Feb 27, 1994

 

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TEXT: Mat 11:28 (NRSV) {27} "All things have been delivered to me by my Father.... {28} Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest."

 

INTRO: My need for a Father

Jesus was a man with no earthly father

He was a scandal, known as "Mary's son."

Religious leaders taunt: "We know who our father is."

Yet Jesus knew his Father: "Our Father in Heaven."

And he was the perfect son, "This is my beloved son."

 

PREMISE: Thus All things given to Jesus by Father: Ability, Ownership, Compassion

Ability

A bystander "Who can do such works unless he be from God?"

Jesus promised "I will give you another counselor" (advocate)

Paul: "I can do all things through Christ."

Ownership

Jesus doubly owns us - he created us and he bought us

The boy who bought back his toy boat he had build from sticks -
"Now I owns ya double - I made ya, and I bought ya."

We are his: "I am my beloved's and he is mine; his banner"

Compassion

Why did Jesus do good works - his compassion always linked

He was given to the world for the sake of love "For God..."

He died for the sake of love - "Jesus loves me"

 

PROMISE: Through his ability, by write of ownership, by virtue of love Jesus PROMISES rest for who? - All who are tired from carrying heavy burdens - I will give you rest. It is a free gift of God.

It tells you about who the followers of Jesus are - those in need.

And the promise is for a beleaguered and strung-out people

Not by ___ will you get rest, (financial viability, right living, a good doctor, finding the right love-mate, prescription drugs, liquor, church-going, working long hours) But Jesus says, I WILL! I WILL GIVE YOU REST! And Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever so "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus"

 

PRINCIPLE: Come to me and enter my rest!

Heb 4:9-11 So then, a sabbath rest still remains for the people of God; {10} for those who enter God's rest also cease from their labors as God did from his. {11} Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one may fall through such disobedience as theirs.

Take my yoke and learn from me - what does it mean to be yoked?

The ox who joyfully came for the yoke when its partner was yoked.

Jesus "yoke" is a joyful yoke, the symbol of partnership in all

A symbol of labor and a symbol of rest

The key to entering his rest is found in

Prov 3:{5} Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. {6} In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. All your heart, and do not rely on yourself! All your ways, acknowledge him!

"What will Jesus do thru me?"

 

CONCLUSION: There is a big daddy for you - one who will fight your battles, worry for your cares, free you from stress. The powerful Father calls to you today: "Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." Friends, let's stand on this promise of Jesus, and be at rest at last.

 

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