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Regarding Sabbath Rest

The  Centrality of Christ
A study in the book of Hebrews

Regarding Sabbath Rest
Hebrews 3:7 – 4:13

Spring is coming – I hope!  COVID clouds seem to be lifting – I hope!  We may be worshipping outdoors in the near future?  I hope!  Jesus Christ the hope for the world?  I know!  No need to hope, it’s a sure thing.   

Hebrews has been a good journey thus far.  Some early feedback from Sunday was some surprise at not ever putting Moses and Jesus side by side, and is seeing it, marveling at the parallels.  The writer of Hebrews is going to do this with regularity – opening up Old Testament revelation and pointing to its fulfillment in Jesus.  The writer does a huge favor for us by explaining these comparisons.

Sunday we move from the comparison of Jesus to angels (Ch1), Jesus being fully God and fully man (Ch2), Jesus superior to Moses (Ch3), to Jesus the fulfilment of sabbath rest (3:7-4:13).  A couple of questions for Sunday: Why is it difficult for us to enter into God’s rest?  How is it that Joshua and Israel entering the promised land didn’t result in rest?  What is it about Jesus and his accomplishments that open the door for us to fully enter into God’s rest?  What does Jesus mean when he invites us to ‘Come all who are weary and burdened… and I will give you rest?’  

See you Sunday,
Pastor Mark