Rest Sermon Illustrations

Rest Sermon Illustrations

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Rest in Christ

Unregenerate men labor to find rest but miserably fail. Byron had a long search for it and said sadly in the end:

Count o'er the joys thine hours have seen,
Count o'er the days from anguish free;
And know, whatever thou hast been,
'Twere something better not to be.

Augustine, on the other hand, by the grace of God and through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, could write: 'Oh God! Thou hast made us for Thyself, and our souls are restless till they rest in Thee.'

(Matt. 11. 28, 29; Ps. 37. 7)

William Nicholson once wrote a letter to a friend of mine, and finished up with a characteristic phrase, `Yours restfully, Billy'. To more intimate friends he usually signed, 'Yours till hell freezes'—but this is the more effective, 'Yours restfully'. And that's what God means to you and me.

If you had been in Palestine when Christ was walking this earth, I am sure one of the first things that would have impressed you in His life would have been the restfulness. When He stood up and said to those gathered round Him, 'Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest,' they did not ask themselves, 'What on earth is He talking about?' They knew. They saw it in His life. It was one of the things that drew them round Him to listen to His words. The restfulness of that life which was far busier than any of ours. And His peace and His rest He comes to give to us.—L. F. E. Wilkinson

(Ps. 37. 7; Heb. 4. 9-11)

The nearer the soul is to God, the less its restlessness; as the point nearest the center of a circle is subject to the least motion.—Anonymous

Calm on the bosom of thy God,
Fair spirit! rest thee now!—Mrs. Hemans

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