It would seem that the gospel’s are silent on the whereabouts of Jesus on this day of Holy Week. Perhaps he remained in Bethany with Mary, Martha and Lazarus, taking a needed day of rest. Tomorrow will be a trying day with the Last Supper, Gethsemane, His arrest, beating and trials by night leading to crucifixion on Friday. Jesus knew what was coming and how his human body would need strength for tomorrow so He rested. Even though He was God, He felt all the pain and fatigue of a man when He was within His earthly body. So He needed rest today.
What do you need today? Here are a couple of scriptures for you to mediate on to encourage and strengthen you. David knew his need for the Lord and relied upon Him each day.
7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
you preserve my life;
you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
and your right hand delivers me.
8 The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;
your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Psalm 138:7-8a
3 Trust in the Lord, and do good;
dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him, and he will act.
6 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
and your justice as the noonday. Psalm 37:3-6
Jesus knew the Psalms of King David and perhaps He drew strength and comfort from these words too. He knew God had a purpose for him to complete and that He needed to trust His heavenly Father and rest in Him. Let David’s words bring you peace and rest today as you walk trusting in Jesus..
Because Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead, I can call upon Him for strength and rest in His ability to give me all that I need.
Today’s blessing passage is found in Psalm 127. The entire psalm, verses 1-5, set forth the idea that all of life’s securities and blessings are gifts from God.
Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain. Man strives or toils in life building and watching over their ‘things’ but the psalmist is saying that unless God is in it and watches over it all the work is in vain, worthless and meaningless. 2 It is in vain that you rise up early
and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
for he gives to his beloved sleep. God brings purpose to our days and rest to those who rest in Him so unless He is in your day you will feel anxious, stressed and restless.
3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one’s youth. God’s gift to man is family, home and children to extend one’s legacy and work for the Lord.
5 Blessed is the man
who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame
when he speaks with his enemies in the gate. God blesses us through our children. One can have both physical children as well as spiritual children. Both are as sign of God’s favor to us. They can attest to our love for God, our character and our great hope in Him. Truly, the man with many children is blessed.
The psalmist gives us hope and assurance that all of life’s securities and blessings are gifts from God. Is God in your home? Is He with you at work? Do you take seriously the teaching of both your physical and spiritual children so that they see your love for God, your trust and hope in Him? Take a moment today and thank God for His protection, direction and guidance and for His great gifts you you. Blessings are God’s undeserved favor coming into your life. What marvelous gifts!
Part 1 of the Messiah ends with the following verses from Matthew 11. “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” The Messiah that Handel has been exclaiming about in song will bring hope, restoration, rest, comfort and wisdom for living our lives with Him. Following Him provides us with opportunity to bring our heaviest problems, cares, concerns or heartaches to Him. He promises rest for our weary souls and will teach us to bear up under the strains of living. Walking with Him will seem easy and it will lighten our burdens by sharing them with Him.
Does this life with Jesus describe you? Look at these verses in the Amplified Bible and see if it helps clarify what walking with Him will do in and through you. “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened [by religious rituals that provide no peace], and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls with salvation]. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me[following Me as My disciple], for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest (renewal, blessed quiet) for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy [to bear] and My burden is light.” Are you bogged down by religious rituals that seem meaningless? Have you experienced the refreshment of Salvation in Jesus? Do you consider yourself His disciple? Does walking with Him seem no burden at all as He is right there with you?
Look to Jesus today for hope, encouragement, rest and lightness in your burdens.
Here is a lovely song using these verses. Music from the Messiah was not available.