“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest… you will find rest for your souls.”Matthew 11:28, 29b
Sin wears on us like that. When our consciences are burdened, all we can think to do is try harder to be better. Martin Luther put forth every effort to be a devvoted Augustinian monk. He is remembered as saying that if ever someone would enter heaven by being a good monk, he would be the one! But later he realized the beauty of Jesus’ offer of rest. He said religious exercises could never give peace of conscience, that “it is impossible to gain peace of conscience by the methods and means of the world. Experience proves this.”
As we travel along life’s journey, we see that only the grace of Christ gives us true and lasting rest.
“We find no rest for our weary bones unless we cling to the word of grace.” (Martin Luther, Commentary on Galatians, 1535)
Bible In A Year
- Isaiah 49-50
- Psalm 95
- Acts 18