4:8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. 4:9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. Hebrews 4:8&9 (Emphasis supplied).
This text brings out two very important truths. The first is that Jesus is the source of all rest. There is a popular saying that expresses this truth in a very powerful way. It says:
No Jesus: No peace. — Know Jesus: Know peace.
That saying is so true. Yet it is so hard to truly believe; even for those who profess to have faith in Jesus. This brings me to the second truth that this text brings out and that is that most of God’s people have yet to enter the rest that Jesus brings: A rest that nothing in this world can disturb because it resides in a place where nothing in this world can reach. Jesus told us where that place is when He said:
11:28 Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 11:30 For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-29 (Emphasis supplied).
Only Jesus can give us rest of soul. Rest of soul makes the hard things we face in life easy and the burdens we bear light. It does this because Jesus’ rest comes as a result of Him doing the work that we have been depending on our strength and wisdom to accomplish. This is why he says,
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me…
However, it is this very statement that has kept us from entering and experiencing God’s rest. This is because we do not know what it means to take Jesus’ yoke. To most of us Jesus’ yoke is seen as something that will make life harder instead of easier: Something that will add burdens instead of taking them away: Something that will enslave us instead of setting us something that will set us free. As long as we view Jesus’ yoke in this way we can never enter God’s rest because the purpose of the yoke is to bring us into a deeper experiential knowledge of Jesus. This is why Jesus didn’t stop with the statement, Take my yoke upon you, He went on to state the purpose of taking His yoke which is; and learn of me.
Based on what Jesus said about taking His yoke in Matthew 11:29&30 I think it is safe to make an addendum to the popular saying I quoted earlier to make it more powerful by saying:
No yoke: No Jesus: No peace. — Know yoke: Know Jesus: Know peace.
Are you experiencing the soul rest that the yoke of Jesus brings? Do you want to have a better understanding on what it is and how to take it on so you can enter God’s rest? Then you surely want to follow this weekly series on Entering God’s Rest and share it with others.