Sermon: The Soul and Rest

Soul Part 3
The Soul and Rest – Matthew 11:16-30
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We think we’re easily satisfied. That if we could only have this or get that it would make life better and we’d be happy. But we rarely seem content with what we have and always seem to want what is just out of reach. We really just don’t know how to rest. Here, Jesus presses into this very issue and says that true rest and contentment is something only He can give.


1.  Read Matthew 11:16-30

“But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their playmates, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’ For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at Him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners! Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.’ Then He began to denounce the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they did not repent. ‘Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.  But I tell you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you.  And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will be brought down to Hades. For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I tell you that it will be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom than for you.’ At that time Jesus declared, ‘I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’”

2.  Discussion Questions:

  1. What do you long for the most?

  2. How would you describe rest?

  3. In what areas of your life do you need the kind of rest Jesus gives?

  4. Are there things that you need to let go of so you can rest in Jesus more?

3. Challenge

How can you rest in Jesus this week? What can you give to Him that you have been struggling with? In what ways do you want Jesus to give you rest?

4.  Commit to Memory:

“…for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

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