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A Powerful Rest

Rest Sabbath Listening

Source: Whisper

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Contributed By: Rob Tucker | Date Posted: 2018-09-19

Scripture: Matthew 11:28 ; Mark 2:27

Author: Mark Batterson, Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

"One of the most universally recognized pieces of music of all times is Beethoven's 5th Symphony. You know the one: dun dun dun dunnnnn...dun dun dun dunnnnnn. You know the song, but what you may not know is that the song starts with an 8th note of rest. A song that begins with a rest! As strange as that is, it creates a uniquely powerful melody.

The strategic 8th note rest continues through the entire song."

APPLICATION

A rest is a highly unusual way to begin a piece of music.  But realize that the Christian life also begins with a rest. Before God can make a beautiful symphony of our lives, we must first find complete rest in His Son.

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28). 

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Strive To Find Rest

Rest Perseverance Refuge

Source: “Half Your Brain Stands Guard When Sleeping In A New Place,” by Jon Hamilton, NPR, April 21, 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-07-12

Scripture: Hebrews 4:11 ; Matthew 14:23

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Jon Hamilton, with NPR, reports:

When you sleep in unfamiliar surroundings, only half your brain is getting a good night's rest.

"The left side seems to be more awake than the right side," says Yuka Sasaki, an associate professor of cognitive, linguistic and psychological sciences at Brown University.

The finding, reported Thursday in the journal Current Biology, helps explain why people tend to feel tired after sleeping in a new place. 

... Sleep researchers discovered the "first-night effect" decades ago, when they began studying people in sleep labs. The first night in a lab, a person's sleep is usually so bad that researchers simply toss out any data they collect.

APPLICATION

Vigilance is important but so is rest. We must not give up rest to be vigilant, but must learn, especially in threatening times, to pursue both.  Even Jesus, at the height of his ministry, took the time to slip away to the mountains.

Not even the need to be vigilant overrides our need to find rest in God.

“So let us do our best to enter that rest. But if we disobey God, as the people of Israel did, we will fall” (Hebrews 4:11). 

"After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone" (Matthew 14:23). 

Relax Or Die!

New Year's Rest Salvation

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-12-26

Scripture: Exodus 31:15

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Here's TIME's take on the 10 most "Commonly Broken New Year's Resolutions":

  •         Lose Weight and Get Fit
  •         Quit Smoking
  •         Learn Something New
  •         Eat Healthier and Diet
  •         Get Out of Debt and Save Money
  •         Spend More Time with Family
  •         Travel to New Places
  •         Be Less Stressed
  •         Volunteer
  •         Drink Less

Follow this link and click on the individual resolution for an article on each one.

But there's one very important resolution that TIME missed. It's a moral imperative we break all of the time without giving it much thought. Yet, according to the Bible, it's not just a matter of losing a few pounds, but of life and death!

From Exodus 31:15 we read, "You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day must be a Sabbath day of complete rest, a holy day dedicated to the LORD. Anyone who works on the Sabbath must be put to death."

"Relax or die!" Isn't that what God is saying here? Forget about the lists of things you need to do better, what about the resolve to rest from all of your doing?

APPLICATION

"Anyone who works on the Sabbath must be put to death" seems like a gross and bizarre overreaction on God's part. In what universe does this punishment fit this crime? It makes sense that doing the wrong things should be a crime, but should failing to do nothing be a punishable offense?

Add to these questions the extreme lengths that some people have gone in their attempts to satisfy the Sabbath laws, and we see how, without an understanding of Jesus, the law quickly becomes absurd. Absent of an understanding of the promised Messiah, the law presents what appears to be a bizarre, rigid, and condemning religion.

"Relax or die!" makes no sense without Jesus; with Jesus, it makes perfect sense.

That's because Jesus IS the Sabbath rest we all so desperately need! The free gift of God's grace demands that we place our complete trust in Jesus for salvation, or die in a futile attempt to earn it ourselves. God spoke of observing the Sabbath as a life and death issue because knowing Jesus, the source of real Sabbath rest, is a matter of life and death to the soul.

Once we understand we can't possibly keep God's laws, (we can't even keep our own New Year's resolutions!) our need for Jesus becomes evident.

Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith (Galatians 3:24, NASB).

So, before you concern yourself with all of the things you could do better, make sure you have learned how to do nothing.

Let us therefore give diligence to enter into that rest, that no man fall after the same example of disobedience (Hebrews 4:11, ASV).

Put The Leash Down

Rest Responsibility Renewal

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-10-17

Scripture: Mark 6:31

Author: Illustration Exchange
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God's Waiting Room

Patience Trust (In God) Rest

Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2015-06-29

Scripture: Psalms 62:5

Author: Thomas Bevers
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The Real Value of Mom Time

Motherhood Rest Time Management

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-05

Scripture: Proverbs 31: ; Matthew 11:28

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Lethal Loopholes

Law (of God) Rest Grace

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-06

Scripture: Mark 2:27 ; Hebrews 12:29

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Jesus Is My Soma Tonga

Rest Worry Jesus, Savior

Contributed By: Leroy Larson | Date Posted: 2015-03-06

Scripture: 1 Peter 5:7 ; Matthew 11:28

Author: Mchenry
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The Vine

Rest Fruit of the Spirit Dependence on God

Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2015-02-24

Scripture: John 15:5

Author: Thomas Bevers
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Christmas Stress Peaks at a Precise Time

Christmas Stress Rest

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-12-15

Scripture: Matthew 11:29

Author: Bianca London / Illustration Exchange
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