Passage: Matthew 11:28-30

A common perception of Heaven is that we will spend eternity resting on a floating cloud and playing a harp. But as we saw yesterday, there will be work for us to do in Heaven.

What about rest then?

If it is true we will work in Heaven – and I believe it is – will we rest in Heaven?

Revelation 14:13 describes those who are martyred for their faith in Jesus as ceasing from their “labours” and entering into the Lord’s rest in Heaven. The labours referred to working to the point of weariness and pain. The emphasis was not on the work being done, but on the difficulties in being faithful to Christ in a culture that is hostile to Him and His children. It is also reasonable to conclude that this promise of rest in Heaven applies to all those who love God.

Even more significantly, the word is the same one Jesus used when He promised to give rest to the souls of everyone who was prepared to take on His “yoke.”

The Pharisees described God’s Law as a yoke and history tells us that they made obedience to God’s Law a burdensome and frustrating experience for people.

Jesus changed all that by graciously inviting us into relationship with Him and His Father, a relationship free from condemnation.

As Eugene Peterson expressed it, Jesus said:

“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.”

What a promise!

Will we rest in Heaven? Yes, and it will be rest such as we have never known before.

And even more wonderful, we can enter and experience Jesus’ rest in this life.

Enter His rest today.

Will you accept Jesus’ gracious invitation to enter His rest today?