5th June 2022. Rest. Jim Millar

 5th JUNE 2022 – Sermon Notes

Rest Series – Jim Millar

 SONG 1  –  Ron Kenoly – Mourning into Dancing.

Psalm 30

He’s turned my mourning
Into dancing again
He’s lifted my sorrows
I can’t stay silent, I must sing
For His joy has come x2   Where there once was only hurt
He gave His healing hand
Where there once was only pain
He brought comfort Like a friend
I feel the sweetness of His love
Piercing my darkness
I see the bright, And morning sun
As it ushers in, His joyful gladness   He’s turned my mourning
Into dancing again
He’s lifted my sorrows
I can’t stay silent, I must sing
For His joy has come x2  

Your anger lasts, For a moment in time
But Your favour is here,  

Psalm 30 And will be on me for all my life time You turned my mourning
Into dancing again
You lifted my sorrows
I can’t stay silent I must sing
For your joy has come
You turned my mourning
Into dancing again
You lifted my sorrows
I can’t stay silent, I must sing
For your joy has come

Psalm 30 v1 – I will exalt you, Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me. 2 Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me. 3 You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead; … 4 Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; praise his holy name. 5 For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favour lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

Psalm 147v3 says, “He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.”

Isaiah 61 tells us v1- “He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, 2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour … to comfort all who mourn, 3  and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise
  

WHO IS this who is appointed / anointed to heal our broken hearts / our ruined lives? LUKE 4 v 18 tells us “The Spirit of the Lord is on ME, because He has anointed ME to preach good news to the poor. He has sent ME to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to release the oppressed, …” Jesus came to set us free.

Psalm 62 v 1 Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. 2 Truly he is my rock and my SALVATION; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

“How can I be saved?” we ask, or “How can I be right with God?” “How I can I find peace for my soul? How can I find rest?”

Some have tried to “EARN SALVATION”.

Left to our own devices, the human answer is remarkably consistent: be good. Work hard to do good things and avoid bad things, and maybe it will all turn out right. This seems to make sense—until we try putting it into practice. How much is enough? How can I ever be sure that I will be OK?

The Reformation began with the recognition that we are not able to overcome our own sin. No work or effort we do can ever be sufficient. Our sin is too great and our works too poor. Left to ourselves, we rightly despair. This is where Martin Luther found himself. But then he discovered the truth of Romans 1 v17‘The righteous shall live by faith”.

Here is God’s answer to our despair: Grace.

Grace is God’s undeserved favour, love, and mercy towards humanity because of the work of Christ. It is a gift. God freely gives us what we could never deserve.

Nothing we can ever do would be enough.

Think of Martin Luther declaring among other things that “The just shall live by faith. It’s not what you can do to be saved – to find peace – to find rest – IT IS FINISHED.

ON Sunday 15th May, Simon asked us, “What were the last words that Jesus spoke on the cross?” Do you remember what they were?  “IT IS FINISHED!” That is also the title of one of my favourite songs and is part of today’s service.

SONG 2 (PETRA) IT IS FINISHED

IT IS FINISHED

In the heat of the early morning
On a hill they call the Skull
The roaring of the angry mob had settled to a lull
All eyes were cast upon the man whose hands and feet were bound
They saw him cry in anguish when they heard the hammer pound

They saw the bloody woven thorns with which His head was crowned
They watched the bloody cross of wood be dropped into the ground
The soldiers gambled for His clothes, they watched them win and lose
They saw the sign above His head that said “King of the Jews”

“It is finished” And the sky grew black as the night
(It is finished) And the people scattered in fright
The work had been done, redemption had been won
The war was over without a fight
It is finished” They searched His face for anger for vengeance in His stare

Instead of eyes that burned with hate     a look of love was there
He prayed for their forgiveness and bowed His battered head
And no one knew the meaning of the final words He said “It is Finished”

And the sky grew black as the night
(It is finished) And the people scattered in fright
The work had been done, redemption had been won
The war was over without a fight
It is finished

The provision has been made
The foundation has been laid
He paid the ransom due and tore the temple veil in two
And opened up the way for me and you
”It is finished”“It is finished”,

And the sky grew black as the night
(It is finished) And the people scattered in fright
The work had been done, redemption had been won
The war was over without a fight
“It is finished”

Before the arrest of Jesus by the Romans, Jesus prayed His last public prayer, where He asked the Father to glorify Him even as He had glorified the Father. He prayed to “finish the work you have given me to do” (John 17:4). 

Someone has said, “By far the most powerful… the most meaningful… the most essential word to the Christian is –   tetelestai   “It is finished.”

There are only two places the word tetelestai occurs—in John 19v28 and 19v30. 

v30  says “Then when he received the sour wine Jesus said, ‘It is finished’ and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” What exactly did Jesus finish?

Everything that was necessary for you and me to be in the right relationship with the Father. 

Not a lot of things.       Everything.              Not sort of finished.     Finished.

Not almost paid.          Paid in full.               Not conditional.          Unconditional

The true payment from Christ was to take on the wrath and punishment due for our sin. Nobody likes those words: wrath… sin… punishment… 

But we can’t run from them, if we dive into them, and all that they mean, we get a really beautiful picture of the grace of God. We get “Tetelestai.”

 Charles Spurgeon on Tetelestai and its meaning

“…  It would need all the other words that ever were spoken, or ever can be spoken, to explain this one word. It is altogether immeasurable. It is high; I cannot attain to it. It is deep; I cannot fathom it. IT IS FINISHED is the most charming note in all of Calvary’s music. The fire has passed upon the Lamb. He has borne the whole of the wrath that was due to His people. This is the royal dish of the feast of love.”

It is FINISHED. That’s the GOOD NEWS!  What do we call the first 4 books of the New Testament? The Gospels! The word gospel is derived from the Anglo-Saxon term god-spell, meaning “good story,” a rendering of the Latin evangelium and the Greek euangelion, meaning “good news” or “good telling.”

SONG 3   – (Elias Dummer) – The Gospel is Rest

The Gospel is Rest

Lord I’ve got the world upon my shoulders
But you’ve been saying “Child, put it down”
I prayed and prayed that you would take my burden
But you keep saying “Child, put it down”

Maybe I’m addicted to the worry
Maybe I’m a slave to holding on
Help me put it down
Help me put it down

I’ve heard it said: the Gospel is rest
Oh, how I need it
Say it again ’til I believe it
Oh, how I need it Oh, how I need it Lord you took the world upon your shoulders
Now all I have to do is put it down
I’m living like some weary beast of burden
And you keep saying, “Child, put it down”

Well, maybe I’ve been trying to be the hero    Psalm 46v10 

Fighting wars that you’ve already won
Help me put it down
Help me put it down

Oh, how I need it

I’ve heard it said: the Gospel is rest
Oh, how I need it
Say it again ’til I believe it
Oh, how I need it Oh, how I need it

Oh how I need
That peace that passes understanding 
How I need it
Oh, how I need it
That peace that passes understanding
How I need it
Oh, how I need it

Oh, how I need it

I’ve heard it said: the Gospel is rest
Oh, how I need it
Say it again ’til I believe it
Oh, how I need it Oh, how I need it

Oh, how I need it x4

Philippians 4:6 – says “… in every situation with prayer and petition with thanksgiving, tell your requests to God. And the peace that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Line in song)

Yeshua is called Sar shalom, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, (Sar shalom) Prince of Peace.”

COMMUNION – You might want to have your own time of communion.

The act of taking communion does not save us, it is an act of worship and remembrance.

JOHN 6 v 53 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. 57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.”

You have to believe Jesus is100% for you. Accept the promises of God. He has done the work. Redemption has been won. The GOSPEL IS REST!

SONG 4 – (Kari Jobe) Be Still My Soul –   

BE STILL MY SOUL

Be still, my soul, The Lord is on thy side
Bear patiently, the cross of grief or pain
Leave to thy God, to order and provide
In every change, He faithful will remain
Be still, my soul, thy best thy heavenly friend
Through thorny ways, leads to a joyful end

Be still, my soul, thy God doth undertake
To guide the future as He has the past
Thy hope, thy confidence, let nothing shake
All now mysterious shall be bright at last
Be still, my soul, the waves and wind still know
His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below

In You I rest, in You I found my hope
In You I trust, You never let me go I place my life within Your hands alone

Be still, my soul

Be still, my soul, the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord
When disappointment, grief and fear are gone
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored
Be still, my soul, when change and tears are past
All safe and blessed, we shall meet at last

In You I rest, in You I found my hope
In You I trust, You never let me go
I place my life within Your hands alone
Be still, my soulIn You I rest, in You I found my hope
In You I trust, you never let me go
I place my life within Your hands alone
Be still, my soul x3

Simon Used Matthew 11:28-30 as part of his message about rest on 25th May

v28 “Come to me, (all you good people, all you rich people, all you who do good works) all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. 

This is a PROMISE from God.

Numbers 23v 19 “God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?”  Jesus has promised us REST! 

SONG 5 – Austin FrenchRest For Your Soul – with lyrics   

Rest For Your Soul

Are you tired and troubled?
Weighed down by a heavy load?
Praying for change, searching for faith
Waiting on a miracle

Are you drowning in questions?
Can’t believe where the road has lead
There’s one who knows, the heavy you hold
And He says “Come to me
All who are weary and heavy burdened
All who are hurting, Come to me
I’ll be your shelter
My yoke is easy, my load is light
And you can find rest for your soul
Rest for your soul”

There’s a peace that can hold you
And a power greater than your own
When you feel so small, back to the wall
That’s when Jesus calls

“Come to me
All who are weary and heavy burdened
All who are hurting, Come to me

I’ll be your shelter

My yoke is easy, My load is light

And you can find rest for your soul

Rest for your soul

You were never meant to carry that weight alone
You were never meant to carry it on your own
Come to the cross, lay it at the feet of Jesus
Come to the cross, lay it at the feet of Jesus
There is one who knows, the heavy you hold
And He says “Come to me
All who are weary and heavy burdened
All who are hurting (hurting)
Come to me (come)
I’ll be your shelter (I’ll be your shelter)
My yoke is easy (ooh)
My load is light (my load is light)
And you can find rest for your soul

(rest for your soul)
Rest for your soul” (rest) “Rest for your soul (rest for your soul)
Rest for your soul
And you can find rest”

The following song has reference to 3 scriptures Psalm 46 v 10 / Psalm  37 v 5-7   /  Psalm 42

Psalm 46 v 10

My Old Testament lecturer at Bible College said that this verse could be translated something like this, “Shut up, sit down, and get out of my way. I’m God. “In context, Psalm 46:10 is a command to the enemies that were warring against Judah during the reign of Hezekiah to cease battle. Verse 9 says, “He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire.

Verse 10 includes “I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” v11 The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”  The battle has been won. It is finished! In the second song (The Gospel is Rest) there is a line “Well, maybe I’ve been trying to be the hero. Fighting wars that you’ve already won. Help me put it down”

Psalm  37 v 5-7   “Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.”

Psalm 42  v1 – As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. v 9 I say to God my Rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?”  ANSWER Ps 37 “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.”

SONG 6       (REST)  – AARON SHUST

REST

Take heed and be quiet   Psalm 46 v 10
Don’t fear or be faint
Be still and know that He is God
Be still and know that He is God

We will rest in the Lord
Rest in the Lord
And wait patiently         Psalm 37 v 6-7
Wait patiently

We will rest in the Lord
Rest in the Lord
And wait patiently                              
Wait patiently for Him

Take heed and be quiet
Don’t fear or be faint
Be still and know that He is God
Be still and know that He is God

We will rest in the Lord
Rest in the Lord
And wait patiently
Wait patiently

We will rest in the Lord
Rest in the Lord
And wait patiently
Wait patiently for Him

Rest in the Lord
We will rest in the Lord
And wait patiently
Wait patiently for Him

Like the deer pants after the water  Ps 42                  
Like the deer pants after the water
Like the deer pants after the water
My soul longs for You
My soul longs for You

Like the deer pants after the water
Like the deer pants after the water
Like the deer pants after the water
My soul longs for You
My soul longs for You

We will rest in the Lord
Rest in the Lord
And wait patiently
Wait patiently
We will rest in the Lord
Rest in the Lord
And wait patiently
Wait patiently
We will rest in the Lord
Rest in the Lord
And wait patiently
Wait patiently for Him

What is Today in the Christian Calendar?

Today is PENTECOST SUNDAY, the 50th day after Easter Sunday.

In Acts 2, we read  v1 “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them …

v14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say …”

 PETER (who 7 weeks earlier had in fear, denied he even knew Jesus!)

boldly stood up before a huge crowd and 40 verses describe what he said and did. What happened? Forgiven – (some people forget that) and strengthened! Made bold in spirit.

There’s a line in the next song which says, “Jesus promised His Disciples, He’d give strength to them, Jesus told them all to tarry (wait patiently) in Jerusalem.”

LUKE 24v29 “I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” What did He promise? POWER  — ACTS 1 v 8 you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; …”

Isaiah 40 v 10  says “See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power, and he rules with a mighty arm. (This is the God of  Psalm 46v10.)  v29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. v30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; v31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.”

Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; …”

NEHEMIAH 8:10 “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

1 PETER 5:10 “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ… will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

2 Chronicles 20v 15 “… “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”

We can find rest if we leave God’s role up to him.

SONG 7 More Power to Ya  – Petra

More Power to Ya –

You say you’ve been feeling weaker, weaker by the day
You say you can’t make the joy of you’re Salvation stay
But good things come to them that wait, not to those who hesitate
So, hurry up and wait upon the Lord

More power to ya, when you’re standing on His word
When you’re trusting with your whole heart
In the message you have heard
More power to ya, when we’re all in one accord
They that wait upon the Lord they shall renew 
They shall renew their strength

Jesus promised His Disciples, He’d give strength to them
Jesus told them all to tarry in Jerusalem
When they were all in one accord the power of His Spirit Poured

And they began to turn the world around

 More power to ya, when you’re standing on His word

When you’re trusting with your whole heart
In the message you have heard
More power to ya, when we’re all in one accord
They that wait upon the Lord they shall renew
They shall renew their strength

So be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might
Put on all His Armour and fight the good fight
Cause you know

In all of our weakness He becomes so strong
When He gives us the power and the strength to carry on

More power to ya, when you’re standing on His word
When you’re trusting with your whole heart
In the message you have heard
More power to ya, when we’re all in one accord
They that wait upon the Lord they shall renew
They shall renew their strength. More power to ya.

PSALM 23 – “has the noble host of the poor. It has sung courage to the army of the disappointed. It has poured balm and consolation into the heart of the sick, of captives in dungeons, of widows in their pinching griefs, of orphans in their loneliness. Dying soldiers have died easier as it was read to them; ghastly hospitals have been illuminated; it has visited the prisoner, and broken his chains, … It has made the dying Christian slave freer than his master, and consoled those whom, dying, he left behind mourning, not so much that he was gone, as because they were left behind, and could not go, too.” (Henry Ward Beecher, a renowned clergyman, author, anti-slavery activist, and reformer in the 19th century, cited in Charles Spurgeon)

“For some, the words of this psalm have been the last they have ever uttered in life.” (James Montgomery Boice)

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SONG  8 Matt Maher – Rest – With Lyrics

Matt Maher – Rest    PSALM 23 

Oh my Lord, You are my shepherd and I shall not want 

Oh my Lord, beside still waters You repair my heart
I trust in You (oh I trust in You)

Even though I walk through the valley of death

You restore my soul and You give me rest
All the memories of Your faithfulness
You restore my soul and

You give me rest
You restore my soul and

You give me rest
You give me rest

Oh my Lord, You prepare a table for You and me
Oh my Lord, in the middle of a fight with my enemies
I trust in You, oh I trust in You Even though I walk through the valley of death
You restore my soul

You give me rest

You restore my soul and

 You give me rest
Give me rest

I will fear no evil, for You’re here with me
Your goodness and Your love, they will never leave
Just a closer walk with Thee, just a closer walk
Just a closer walk with Thee, just a closer walk

Even though I walk through the valley of death
You restore my soul and You give me rest
All the memories of Your faithfulness
You restore my soul and You give me rest
You restore my soul and You give me rest You give me rest
You give me rest
You give me rest

This morning if you are weighed down, if you are mourning, if you’re hurting, if you’re sick, if you’re tired and weary, if you’re grieving, if you’re broken-hearted, if you’re weak in your faith …

SONG 9- (Gateway Worship)  Come Find Rest

Come Find Rest

Are you heavy laden
Are you broken-hearted
Come find rest in Jesus Christ
Are you sick and tired

Worrying the day away
Come find rest in Jesus Christ
Lay your burden down
Lay your burden down

Lay your burden down
At the feet of Jesus At the feet of Jesus

There’s beauty for ashes
Hope in the darkness
Grace for the broken heart
There’s joy in the morning

Rest for the weary
Comfort through every trial
There’s beauty for ashes
Hope in the darkness

Grace for the broken heart
There’s joy in the morning
Rest for the weary
Comfort through every trial

There’s peace for the restless
Bread for the hungry

AARONIC BLESSING Numbers 6v 24-26

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you
 and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”’