A Lesson from Jesus – Rest
I was envisioning the scene in the Bible when Jesus is on a ship that is in a terrible storm. His disciples are chaotic and frightened and Jesus is found asleep, taking a nap.
I smile picturing Jesus, waking up and walking outside, stating, “Peace, be still.” He wasn’t scared, questioned his disciples faith and was not moved by the storm at all. Admirable qualities of Father’s son. I was meditating this morning on the fact that the scriptures stated Jesus was taking a nap. In American society, I feel as though naps are frowned upon and that we live in a world that even promotes the route to success with encouraging that children have extracurricular activities and a calendar as busy and productive as a corporate CEO.
I was thinking about Galatians 6:9 and wonder if it’s ever mis-interpreted? While Jesus would remove himself and probably pray for God’s strength to sustain him when large crowds were following him around requesting healing. Even Jesus’s disciples had to turn people away. Is their a healthy boundary to knowing when you need to rest? Looking at Jesus’s characteristics, one things evident, he rested one day a week on the sabbath.
9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
If Jesus were tired, would he faint or would he nap?
Mark 4:38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? 39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
Jesus observed the holy sabbath on rare circumstances for common sense and practical reasons he would heal on the sabbath and advise to apply common sense for unavoidable emergencies. Jesus rested on the 7th of the day of the week, Saturday the holy sabbath…. How many Americans rest one day a week with no work or chores at all?
Matthew 24:20 (KJV) But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
Jesus knew when he needed a time out. He often retreated to the wilderness for prayer and solitude.
Luke 5:15 (KJV)But so much the more went there a fame abroad of him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities. 16. And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.
Mark 1:35 (KJV) And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.
I find it interesting how the characteristics of Jesus Christ completely contradict society. Jesus teaches not to be wrapped up in storing up treasures but that we should be faithful that the Father will provide our needs and that our focus should be focused on the Kingdom to come. I wonder how many Americans become ill each year by following the customs of this world as opposed to following the characteristics and teachings of Jesus Christ?
Matthew 16:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
Matthew 6:32 For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
Luke 6:47 (KJV) Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: 48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.
John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.