This is a short article I wrote for our church newsletter for December. I thought I would share it on my blog too…
Finding rest in Jesus this Christmas
With Christmas fast approaching it can be easy to get caught up in the busyness that this time often brings. It is important at the end of a busy year to take some time to rest and slow down. One of the best ways I know is to find rest in Jesus.
Matthew 11:28-30 says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, 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.”
At the heart of these verses is an invitation. An invitation to come to Jesus and an invitation to live differently. Here are three things I love about this passage.
- Jesus invites us to Himself – Jesus says, “Come to Me”. He invites everyone to come and get to know Him and spend time with Him. It is a personal invitation, but it is also to everyone. We see this in the “all who are weary”. It is an invitation to intimacy like He has with His Father.
- Jesus Invites us to take on His yoke – In old style farming a yoke was used to join two animals together. Side by side they would work, until the work was done. In this passage, Jesus invites us to partner in the work He is already doing in the world. It is easy to get caught up in doing all kinds of “good” things, but Jesus invites us to be involved in His work. To put on His yoke and join in.
- Jesus invites us to learn from Him – Jesus wants to teach us a different way to live. Jesus wants us to follow Him just like He asked the first disciples to follow Him. He promises that He will be gentle and teach us from a humble heart. I don’t know about you, but that is my kind of teacher.
And what is the great promise from this invitation? Rest. Jesus promises us that we WILL find rest for our weary souls. Jesus wants to give us the rest and peace that only comes from knowing Him.
As we draw closer to the end of the year, this is a great promise for us all.
God’s Richest Blessings,