Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Resting in Christ

Recently my friend, Matt Ward, wrote the following post on Facebook. I asked his permission to re-post it here and on our church's website, www.gcfmn.org. Thankfully, he said "yes"! Hope this blesses you as it did me.


Resting in Christ.

In the first 2 verses in John 12 we see something seemingly small, but really it epitomizes the heart of the Christians relationship with their Lord and savior Jesus The Christ.

Lazarus had been raised from the dead, he was in a stinky, dark cave (symbolizing sin and death) and Jesus demanded the stone be rolled away, and Commanded that life enter Lazarus and the he, "come out!" What then do you suppose you might find Lazarus doing after this? We see the answer in John 12:1-2. While Martha is serving, Lazarus is resting at the feet of Christ!

Now, there is nothing inherently wrong with Martha serving so long as it’s a serving that comes from a changed heart from the gospel of Jesus Christ. There is something wrong with Martha serving if she thinks it will win her favor with Jesus rather than simply believing in Him. But that's another lesson.

I recommend we look at Lazarus' response to being born from the dead, to see a perfect picture of the most important thing a follower of Jesus Christ can do. What is it?

Simply this: resting in Christ!

Resting in the fact that only faith in Christ can save, deliver, and transform a person.

Resting in the fact that it is possible to do too much, to be too busy, to actually miss out in all the treasures that The Lord has for us if we would only ask, sit and wait and rest in Christ.

Lazarus knew the secret. He knew who Jesus was, he knew what Jesus could do, and therefore he knew the best place he could be was reclining at Jesus' side.

“Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 So they gave a dinner for him there. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table” (John 12:1-2).

Have you discovered this secret? Have you realized the greatest thing that you can do is to rest in Jesus Christ? Do you commune with the Father through Him, do you soak in His Word, do you choose, perhaps when all the world and your schedule seems to be pulling on you, to unplug and spend time with Jesus Christ?

Or are you trying to work your way to heaven? Are you trying to impress God with how religious you are and how many good things you do. To do so, is the greatest insult to a loving God who killed his son for your sins.

Yes, when you are born again there will be fruit (good works). But fruit comes FROM salvation and never LEADS TO salvation.

As my pastor Charlie Handren once said: Herein lies the key to life, cease to strive and rest in Christ.

Lazarus knew this, may we know it too!

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