Freedom Follows Following: Rest

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 “When you open the Bible, God opens His mouth. You can’t get a Word from God without getting into the Word of God. And the goal isn’t getting through the Bible – it’s getting the Bible through us!” - Mark Batterson, Play the Man, Page 181. 

 

Matthew 11:28-30 

NIV - 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Message - 28-30 “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.”

 

Jesus’ View

Matthew 9:36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”


 

3 Verses, 3 Offers

 

1. A Very Personal Pitch

Verse 28 “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.”

 

Rest = Recovery of Life / Refreshment / Rejuvenation

 

2. A Very Specific Path

NIV 29 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. 

Message 29 Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.

 

3. A Very Special Power

NIV 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Message I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

 

Summary

  • The Pitch – Stop going to other people, places or things for Rest/Recovery/Refreshment/Rejuvenation = Freedom, COME TO ME!
  • The Path – Yoke up with Me: My Word, Will & Ways. I will be you LOAD BEARER LEAD PARTNER.
  • The Power – This yoke fits you, it was designed for you – you were designed to fit with Jesus. The Holy Spirit empowers you to walk with Him.