Jesus our Sabbath Rest

12 Jul

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in his word:

But if you do not listen to me, to keep the Sabbath day holy, and not to bear a burden and enter by the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day, then I will kindle a fire in its gates, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem and shall not be quenched.'” (Jeremiah 17:27)

Well I haven’t “kept the Sabbath day holy,” by not doing work on it. So does that mean I’m about to go up in a puff of smoke? No, it doesn’t, but why? After all, God did just said in the above passage that he would ravage Jerusalem should they fail to keep the Sabbath, I may not be Jerusalem, but don’t you think that after so many years God would see fit to punish me for my horrid crime of forsaking the Sabbath day?

14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

16 Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. 17 These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. (Colossians 2:14-17)

“The reality, however, is found in Christ.” – I find that an interesting statement. It seems to be inferring that Christ could in fact be our Sabbath rest. And that could quite possibly explain my lack of crispness… But what does this all mean to us? Sure Jesus may be our Sabbath rest but, frankly speaking, so what? – Well I think it means that we won’t get burned up. And how would Jesus being our Sabbath rest do that? Because Jesus is our Sabbath rest and in that he saved us, and he saved us by dying for us on the cross!

You are loved!

Joshua Cleveland 


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2 responses to “Jesus our Sabbath Rest

  1. mtsweat

    July 12, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    Are you really twelve? If so (and even if your five hundred-twelve), one of the greatest truths, that has alluded most for a long time, is presented in your post. Yes, Jesus is our rest. Hebrews 3 and 4 conclude the trajectory that was established at creation. After the creation, we are told God rested. This doesn’t mean He took a vacation to Tahiti, but just what Scripture says, “He ceased from His work.” When the writer of Hebrews says there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, he is implying that finding rest in Christ means ceasing from our own works, and resting in His. The only true rest available. A familiar passage should make things clearer: “Come unto Me all you who are heavy laden, and I will give you rest…” In light of this, it becomes crystal clear what texts like yours from Jeremiah are proclaiming. Without Jesus, there is no rest, and instead only judgement and wrath. Thanks for an absolutely awesome post.

    • Joshua Cleveland

      July 12, 2011 at 5:29 PM

      I’m very glad this ministered to you, and yes, without Jesus there is no true spiritual rest.

      And yes, for the record, I am 12 years old.


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