Six months before the crucifixion, Jesus sent out thirty-five delegations of two each. This sending was the beginning of His journey to the cross. The delegations were sent to prepare the way. For His death. And our life. He was so moved by Pappa’s plan, He made a way for it.
Each delegation returned with amazing reports of their work. Even demons acknowledged Jesus as Lord.
Delegations gathered and Jesus listened. Stirred by what His Father was doing, Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you.” As Jesus always did, He thanked, received, multiplied and then gave, creating a cruciform path for us to walk.
And He said:
Come to me, all who labor and are have laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly of heart and you will find rest unto your souls. My yoke is easy and my burden light. Matthew 11:28
To the multitude prepared to multiply, He gave two invitations: Come and take. These two words, seemingly opposite each other, represented two kinds of rest. Given and found.
Given rest is the gift of His hand. Found rest comes in gently as we choose and live His plan for our lives.
The rest of Pesach and the restore of Purim.
Rest is a manifestation of oneness. Completed, contented connection.
Whenever Jesus would speak of this oneness and His desire for it, there were seven expressions He used. He uses still. Each of these seven expressions represents a different aspect of becoming one with Him.
- “Come unto me” represents the offering of salvation and life.
- “Follow me” is the call of discipleship and means to go after Him. To pursue Him.
- “Learn of me” means to experience life with Him.
- “Yoke with me” means to experience the closest fellowship.
- “Abide with me” is the phrase Christ uses when He wants to lead us into abundant life.
- “As the Father sent me” represents living the life of Jesus, every day, here and now.
- “Go ye” is about the outer reaches. This may not mean going to a different land , but ministering from the multiplication of what He has prepared the way for. To apply all He has given.
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