Fifth Sunday after Pentecost — July 9, 2017
Rest in Jesus
The front of this bulletin shows Jesus’ words from Matthew 11. Another version reads, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” You may be reading this message at a church service. During the service the pastor or worship leader may share some of the burdens members of your church family are experiencing through sickness or the loss of a loved one. You and those around you probably experience many unspoken burdens, such as loneliness, heartache, disappointment, strained relationships, financial needs, destructive habits, uncertainties of life.
Life can be hard and difficult. Jesus shows us it does not have to be this way. The words Jesus taught long ago are the words he has for you today. Jesus gives rest to the weary and relief to those burdened. To experience this rest, you must first come to Jesus. Without him your life will continue to be hard and difficult. Yet by coming to Jesus and sharing a relationship with him, you have someone who shares the load, lightens the burden, and gives you strength. Your burdens will probably not completely go away, yet with Jesus’ help you can handle them much better.
Besides the rest we can have in Jesus here and now, there is also the wonderful promise of our eternal rest with the Lord. This month we remember John Hus, who was burned at the stake on July 6, 1415. Jesus helped Hus deal with his burden of being persecuted for speaking God’s truth, and today John Hus continues his eternal rest with the Lord in heaven.
May you experience rest in Jesus here and now! May you also experience it forever!
Douglas Rights, pastor, Winston-Salem, North Carolina