Saturday, April 4th

Saturday, April 4th

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30

God’s promise of entering his rest still stands, so we ought to tremble with fear that some of you might fail to experience it. For this good news—that God has prepared this rest—has been announced to us .... So God’s rest is there for people to enter, but those who first heard this good news failed to enter because they disobeyed God .... So there is a special rest still waiting for the people of God. For all who have entered into God’s rest have rested from their labors, just as God did after creating the world. So let us do our best to enter that rest. But if we disobey God, as the people of Israel did, we will fall .... So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. Hebrews 4:1-2A, 6, 9-11, 16

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life. Revelation 22:17

This is the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter. What would it have been like to have been there on the Saturday between the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ? Pretty tough and yet for many Christians their Christian experience is a perpetual "Saturday" experience somewhere between the cross and the resurrection. I will tell you what I mean by a "Saturday" Christian experience, but first this. When you hear the words "Come to me" in the Matthew passage above, what do they mean to you? Perhaps we need to ask another question, "Where is Jesus?" For those who were the first to hear these words, Jesus was there in their midst speaking these words to them and so "Come to me" invited a different response than it does now. Not understanding the response to which "Come to me" invites us now is a part of having a perpetual "Saturday" Christian experience.

Let me explain. Colossians 1:27 speaks of "Christ in you." The core of your being is where Jesus is now. So, think of the invitation, "Come to me" in this light. The "Saturday" Christian understands what Jesus accompished on Good Friday on the cross and is thankful to be one who has received the forgiveness of sins. The "Saturday" Christian believes that Christ rose from the dead and celebrates the resurrection with great enthusiasm. But, the "Saturday" Christian struggles to embrace the full outcome of the resurrection. The full outcome of the resurrection is that we have a Risen Savior and Lord who dwells in the core of our being who invites us to "Come to him" over and over again for times of sweet communion with him where we know his presence, we enter his rest, we experience his peace, we enjoy his mercy and grace, and we find his help for all our needs. This is the experience of the one who is truly a "Easter Sunday" Christian (every day).

Hear the words of Revelation 22:17 above in a fresh and new way today: "The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life." Lord, I come to you. You dwell in the core of my being. Help me to learn of you so that I am no longer a weary and burdened "Saturday Christian." Lord, this Easter weekend, I enter your rest and drink freely of the waters of life you give.

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