READ : Hebrews 4:1-11
The stroke of a good swimmer will have a rest in it. No matter how skilled the swimmer is in pulling with the arms and kicking the legs, unless there is a regular time, however brief, when the arms and legs can rest, the swimmer will quickly tire. Top physical performance demands rest.
God gives rest which is not only physical but also spiritual. His people do not function very well without it. When God finished His work of creation, He rested. He gave the Israelites rest in the land of Canaan. He promises everlasting rest in heaven for believers. On Sunday when we worship, we begin to experience God’s rest.
Easter Sunday is one of the best Sundays of the entire year. Christians celebrate Christ’s resurrection from the grave. On this past Friday we remembered that Christ gave His life on the cross, paying the penalty for sin. The rest Christ gives is in the forgiveness He offers and the eternal life He promises.
Some people’s lives are as rough and unsettled as a sea in high winds. They have no peace. There is no rest now nor hope of it later. Do you seek peace? The writer of Hebrews assures us, “the promise of enter- ing his rest still stands…” (4:1).
Thank You, Father, for offering eternal rest through the cross and empty tomb of Your Son. In His name. Amen.