Hebrews chapters 3 and 4 hold out to us the promise of entering the "rest" of Christ. In 4.3 it says that this rest has been ready since God made the world! Walking into this promise is obviously something that our Papa has had on His heart a long time. The writer states that the generations under both Moses and Joshua did not enter this rest. However, through Jesus (who is superior to Moses the deliverer, Joshua the general and Levi the priest) we are invited and beckoned to claim this amazing part of our inheritance in Him.
Simply put, it involves surmounting the fear, doubt, hardness of heart and unbelief that hounds us in order to put our trust in the finished work of Christ Jesus. By so doing, we "cease from our [own] labors" (4.10) and find true and abiding rest for our souls. The context makes it clears that this is not just for the "then and there" but for the "here and now".
Toward the end of chapter 4, we see that entering this rest requires both Vulnerability and Exposure in the sight of God...but with a surprising outcome. Rather than evoking Groveling and Shame in us, the Absolute Light and Love of our Merciful High Priest imparts an astounding Grace for us to come into the very Presence of the Father with Boldness...despite our human weakness...to receive His help with anything we might face in this world. (4.16) The truth is that we long to strip off all of our masks and lower our self-protective guards before the One who knows everything anyway and then see what He might make of us after all!
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30 The Message)
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