Think of an appetizer. It’s something that tastes good and is satisfying, but makes you anticipate or look forward to the full meal that is yet to come. It whets your appetite.
That’s what the day of rest and worship is supposed to be like. It should be good and satisfying to us, but it is also meant to make us look forward to the full and final Rest that will come at the end of our lives. It’s not the full experience, but it’s meant to whet our appetite in anticipation of that great and glorious day.
In this sermon from October 10, 2021 on Hebrews 4:1-13, I unpack the text, talk about the ultimate Sabbath-rest of God, and how one day a week for rest and worship can not only renew our bodies in the here and now, but re-ignite hope in our minds that the best is yet to come.
Momentary rest is meant to foreshadow eternal rest.
The YouTube version of the sermon is here, and the audio-only download is underneath. Also provided is a link to the extra background material called “growing deeper” as a part of The Pulse Podcast.
As mentioned, you can also access the extra background content as a part of The Pulse Podcast with Matthew Ruttan by going here (or by finding it wherever you subscribe to podcasts — iTunes (Apple), Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher or TuneIn). It’s called “Resting in peace… someday, but also today.”