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“On Friday Jesus laboured to pay the price for your sin. As Saturday dawned, he himself became your Sabbath rest.”
Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it.
Jesus had been arrested in the early hours of Friday morning. He was hastily tried and convicted on false charges of blasphemy. Taken away he was crucified before the advent of the day of rest. Being a public figure, his crucifixion was particularly savage. This holy man, who had never committed any sin, let alone a vicious crime, was executed in the most violent way. He was flogged to within inches of death, his back ripped apart by the bits of bone and metal tied to whips of leather. The soldiers and spectators alike beat him with fists and clubs as he carried his cross to the Place of the Skull. They spat on him and insulted him. Finally, he was laid out on the hard wood of the cross as spikes were driven through his hands and feet into the wood beneath. Lifting the cross high they maliciously dropped it into a hole, ripping ligaments and tearing flesh in the process. There the Son of God, righteous and pure, hung until he died. The work of the cross and the labour of baring the consequence of sin was completed with the cry, “It is finished!”
A few hours later, the soldiers broke the legs of the other two convicts crucified with Jesus so that they would die before sunset. But Jesus was already dead. In the final minutes before the Sabbath began, the body of Jesus was removed, dressed and laid in a tomb. A strange calm descended over the landscape. It was as if the great toil of time had been completed. The work was finished. Jesus was dead and his body rested in the tomb. The Sabbath had come.
Dear friend, when Jesus died for you and for me, he laboured in love to carry the weight of sin. The good work of the cross was an enormous exertion. When he died, Christ completed not only the work of the Law of God but also fulfilled the consequence of disobedience. On Friday Jesus laboured to pay the price for your sin. As Saturday dawned, he himself became your Sabbath rest.
If you are weary and burdened, come to Jesus and he will give you rest. Jesus has already paid for your sin; he has already fulfilled the legal requirements of the Law of God and borne the punishment of disobedience. Accept the work of the cross as done on your behalf and then, by faith, rest in his grace and forgiveness.
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Only Jesus could be good enough for you and only by Jesus’ good work on the cross can I know forgiveness from all sin and rest for my soul
“Dear God, thank you for Jesus. Thank you for the work of the cross and that Jesus died in my place to pay the price for my sin. Lord, I admit that I have been trying to earn your favour by my good works, but this is futile. My works will never be good enough to earn your favour. Only Jesus could be good enough for you and only by Jesus’ good work on the cross can I know forgiveness from all sin and rest for my soul. Thank you, dear Lord. I come to rest in you today. I’m weary of strife, Lord. I receive your grace and forgiveness as I ask you to be my Lord. Thank you for my rest. Amen.”
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What is GodTracker?
GodTracker is a weekly e-mail devotional, written by Dudley Anderson, based on the premise that God has a plan for our lives. His Word calls us to seek his plan by acknowledging him in all our ways and by tracking his purposes, in faith.
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