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March 8, 2019

Jesus and the Implications

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28–30)

The call is clear; all who labor and are heavy laden go to Jesus because He can give them rest. But from what are we laboring and heavy laden? Jesus is referring to the Jewish religious system. It is labor-intensive because it is cyclical. The constant failing, then working to make it right, is exhausting.

Taking a deeper look at the “Law,” we see God’s holy and perfect standard, but we also quickly see that we are incapable of keeping it. Quite the desperate situation. If God is holy and I am not, and God requires perfection from me for entrance into His kingdom, then I am doomed and hopeless. So what’s the answer? Jesus!

He lived the perfect life we couldn’t live, complete and perfect obedience to the entire Law of God. He also died the death we deserved for failing to keep the Law. He became the blood offering, the Lamb of God, the ultimate sacrifice for you and me. But why did He do this?

The answer lies in the character of God. He is just and holy, far above what we can attain, yet loving and good, full of mercy and grace, desiring that none perish. He is both infinite and intimate.

Question: Do you believe this? “But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:21–24).

Challenge: Take an honest assessment of you relationship with Christ.

Prayer: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Thank you Jesus!

Tony Graffanino, Chapel Leader -- White Sox Spring Training


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