A Soul Deep Rest by Terry J. Hallock

A Soul Deep Rest
T. J. Hallock
Matthew 11:25-30
7/27/03

Are you weary? When you lie down at night do you sleep soundly or do you toss and turn in fitful anxiety over the circumstances of your life? When you rise up in the morning do you feel restored and refreshed or just as tired as when your head first hit the pillow the night before? As you go through the day do you feel energized and excited about the tasks before you or do you carry around a heavy load of physical and emotional exhaustion?

If you are weary and burdened, Jesus has made you a promise. "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." [Matthew 11:28] This morning I want to describe to you what that rest is, why only Jesus can give it, and how you can receive it.

The rest that comes through Jesus is what I choose to call a "soul deep" rest. That is, Jesus' rest is more than getting a good eight hours of sleep. It is more than two weeks of vacation. It is more than slumping in the easy chair and falling asleep while the television is still on. It is even more than coming to worship on Sunday and feeling your eyes get heavy as the Pastor drones on. Jesus' rest is the constant presence of a calm contentment so powerful that no matter the burdens of life that swirl around you, your soul soars in freedom above them because you are no longer subject to them. Jesus' rest is so soul deep that no matter the stresses that fall upon your body you have a fountain of soulful refreshment. Jesus' rest is so soul deep that no matter the attacks that are launched against your spirit you have peace that keeps you from coming apart. Jesus' rest is a soul deep rest.

King David described Jesus' soul deep rest in Psalm 23. "The Lord is my shepherd. I shall lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul, He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of d ...


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