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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Lenten Blog 2017

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Daniel Bonner

Readings; Psalm 95 & 88, Genesis 1:30-2:3, Hebrews 4:1-16, Romans 8:1-11

In Genesis, we first get a sense of the rhythms of life God built into the fabric of creation.  God himself rested from his good work of creation on the seventh day, weaving a rhythm of rest for mankind into the fabric of our lives.  God knew this would be good for us, and so, like a good parent, set a healthy example for us.  

This day in history, Jesus rested in the tomb on the Seventh Day.  He proclaimed from the cross, “it is finished”, the redeeming work of God through Jesus Christ was complete.  He made the one-time all-sufficient sacrifice for the sins of the whole world, reconciling it back to God.  As the Father rested from the Six Days of Creation, Jesus, the new first man of creation took his rest after completing his work for us, so that on the New First day of Creation, Resurrection Sunday, he would lead us into Resurrection Life with him.  

We too are called to take rest, to weave Sabbath into the rhythm of our lives as it is good for us. The author to the Hebrews puts it this way from chapter 4:

For he has somewhere spoken of the seventh day in this way: "And God rested on the seventh day from all his works."

So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God,  for whoever has entered God's rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. Let us, therefore, strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.  Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.  Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Lord, help us to take rest today and wake up refreshed to live into your resurrection promises tomorrow, and all days.  Amen