Readings: Ecclesiastes 3:1-21, Psalms 50, 59, 60, 19, 46, Hebrews 4:1-10, John 3:16-21
What does it mean to enter into God’s rest? The author to the Hebrews is recounting the rhythm God set in motion for himself and creation from the beginning of time. In the creation account of Genesis 1 & 2 we see God doing the work of creation in six days, and resting on the seventh day, consecrating it for us as a day to rest in him. In Ecclesiastes 3 we hear echoes of this rhythm again, but the author of Hebrews is pointing to much more pronounced rest, a rest fulfilled in the person of Jesus who, after the work of his life, culminated on the cross on the sixth day, Good Friday, Jesus rested in the Tomb in preparation for the Resurrection life of rest in Him the Father was calling (and still calls) all humanity to enjoy. We can now live into the resurrection life Jesus has secured for us and rest in the assurance that He has won the war and is bringing all creation, all nations, all earthly rulers, all strife and struggle, and storm under the balm of his reconciling love. He lovingly invites us to rest in this, by resting in Him. Beginning tomorrow evening we will take an evening and day (Friday evening and Saturday) as a time for our Lenten retreat to rest in the reconciling Love of God. This will be a time for us to come together, enjoy His presence and experience his reconciling love. I invite you if you have not signed up, to do so here.
Take the time to enter and enjoy his rest, and be empowered for Him to sustain it in you, so you may live into the rest of God.