Why did Jesus die for us anyway?
13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”)…
Romans 3:25-26 NLT
25 For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past,26 for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.
1 John 4:9-10 NKJ
9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
1. To redeem us from the curse of the law.
2. To demonstrate His righteousness.
3. That we might live through Him.
By believing and Receiving His forgiveness, His salvation, His righteousness, we can enter His rest. Let’s examine holiness in relationship to God’s rest.
The Greek word for holiness, “hagios,” means “set apart to God,” as does the Hebrew word, “kardesh.” So when does the word Holy first appear in the Bible?
2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.
Did you notice? God rested from all his work. It is not like our kind of rest from all our work. We may rest because we are tired. God was not tired from all his work. God rested from all his work because He was finished. This word “sanctified” (made holy) is used in the same verse as rested. Do you see the connection? Rest is the most holy thing you can do!
Now the first time Grace is mentioned is in Genesis 6:8.
8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
Noah’s name means “rest.” What if we read that scripture that way?
6:8 But rest found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
The more you rest in Christ, the richer you become in His Grace.
Now, Jesus did many miracles. And we know that many of his miracles were never recorded. Some of His miracles were done on the Sabbath:
John 5:1-15 Man that was flat on his back at the Pool of Bethesda on Sabbath
Matthew 12:8-14 Jesus healed man with the withered hand in the temple on Sabbath
Mark 1:21-28 Jesus casts out a demon from a man in in the synagogue on Sabbath
Mark 6: 1-6 He laid hands on a few sick in temple on Sabbath and healed them.
Luke 13:10-17 Jesus cast out spirit of infirmity from woman bent over 18 years in temple on Sabbath
Luke 14:1- 4 Jesus heals man with dropsy on Sabbath at Pharisees house
John 9:11 Jesus made clay and anointed a blind man’ eyes with clay and healed him on the Sabbath and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam’
Remember, in Matthew 12:1 Jesus tells us that “the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”
These are beautiful illustrations of entering His rest and receiving healing. You come in bent over and leave raised up. You come in blind and know you can see. You come in withered up and unable and you go out strong in Him for service. God wants to raise you up so that you can see the truth and know the way and believe He is our everlasting savior.
Jesus tells us every day to come to Him all that are heavy laden and He and only He can give you rest.
Matt 11:28 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
It starts with resting in Him. Stop striving. Stop doing. Stop trying to earn His favor. He died that we might receive rest, holiness, and grace.
9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God.
10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.
11 Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.
Let go. Stop condemning. Stop manipulating.
When you worry over your children, what good is it?
When you worry over your job, what good is it?
God loves your children more than you do.
God loves you more than your worry over your job.
Jesus died for you. Jesus died for your children.
The Lord wants us to rest to trust to have peace as we travel as we draw closer to what we are longing for. Rest in HIM – He says be holy as I am holy. We will reach our goal quicker if we simply rest in HIM.
Heb 4:11 “Let us therefore be zealous and exert ourselves and strive diligently to enter that rest [of God, to know and experience it for ourselves], that no one may fall or perish by the same kind of unbelief and disobedience [into which those in the wilderness fell].”
Rev 14:9-11, “9 Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice,”If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”
If you work at anything, work to enter His rest!
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.