Sabbath comes from the Hebrew root word, shabath, which means to cease, desist, rest: brought to an end.
Psalm 46:10, "Cease striving and know that I am God;"
Paul continued in verse 23, "There are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against fleshly indulgence."
In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus said, "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
I picture us carrying a backpack that starts off empty as an infant. As we experience the world, the backpack begins to accumulate items such as stress, worries, discontentment, anger, greed, peer pressure, and the list goes on. I reached a point in my life where I became very weary and the backpack the world gave me to carry became too much of a burden. It was exhausting! Bring your backpack to Jesus and He will give you rest. As we hook into His yoke, there is no backpack to carry and He takes the burden. Amen! :-)
Jesus sat down at the right hand of the Father because His work was finished.
The reality that we are seated with Him is one for us to remember; we are already seated and have been since the moment we believed.
Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:5-6, that God made us alive together with Christ, and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Amen!
Many people feel that one day they will be able to relax in heaven after they finish trying to be like Jesus on earth.
Please understand brothers and sisters that we are already in heaven and heaven is on earth. It is all through Jesus Christ.
In Philippians 2:13, Paul tells us, "For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure." He started it (the work in us) and He has already finished it! :-)
Let's realize the awesome reality of resting in Jesus. The harvest of abundance will result from His will and His work shining through us while we rest from our works and our will. Amen! :-)
Jesus used the parable of Martha and Mary to teach us about the importance of rest. In Luke 10:38, Jesus said, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her."
Mary was seated at the Lord's feet, listening to His word while Martha was distracted with all her preparations.
It is God's purpose to bring us to the place where we rest totally in the sufficiency of Christ within us in every situation.
The New Testament model of a Christian is not one who dedicates his own work to God. Rather it is the story of God Himself doing the work through a person totally yielded to Him.
Resting in Christ is the sole responsibility of the Christian. Everything else flows out of that.
Like the Israelites after being led through the Red Sea by Moses, we have a choice: We can either enter the Sabbath-rest God called us to - resting totally in the truth of His unconditional love and grace - or stay in the desert. :-)