How do you react to Jesus’ statement that he will provide “rest for our souls” to all the weary and burdened (tired and stressed out) who will come to him. If you are a follower of Jesus, can you honestly say that your soul is at rest, at peace? Are you more at rest and peace now than a year ago? If you still are regularly torn by anxiety and stressed out, why do you think that is?
Realizing that the Old Testament Sabbath is a shadow of the spiritual rest we have in Christ and realizing that followers of Jesus are no longer required to keep the Sabbath law (see Romans 14:5&6; Col. 2:16&17; Hebrews 4:1-13), do you think there are any enduring blessings that setting aside a day of rest in our 24/7 culture would still provide for modern Christians?
Jesus had many heated encounters with the Pharisees’ over their legalistic and spiritually stifling approach to the Sabbath – repeatedly going out of his way to heal on the Sabbath. Yet, despite his obvious refusal to abide by the Pharisees’ rules, Jesus did say that, “the Sabbath was made for man” – viewing the Sabbath as a day designed by God for our benefit. What do you think Jesus had in mind?