31st Oct 2012, by Simon Yap –
In the past when I read the verse “The Son of Man has no place to rest his head, when foxes have holes and birds have nest”, I would think that Jesus was a poor man who had no home. Today I discovered he was quoting Isaiah 62: 6-7.
“I have set watchmen upon your walls, O Jerusalem, who will never hold their peace day or night; you who [are His servants and by your prayers] put the Lord in remembrance [of His promises], keep not silence, And give Him no rest until He establishes Jerusalem and makes her a praise in the earth.”
In this context the establishment of Jerusalem refers to a righteousness that is unwavering. See verse 1 “For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace,
And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,
Until her righteousness goes forth as brightness,
And her salvation as a lamp that burns.”
He cannot rest until he establishes a righteousness that burns with brightness. FOR YOU.
The Bible tells us Jesus finally found His rest after He said “it is finished”. See John 19:30 “When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” The word “bow” is the Greek is the same word “rest”.
He finally rested on the cross. Isaiah 62 tells us that God is relentless is His pursuit of our righteousness. It basically means God is interested in working for your righteousness and He will not rest until He finds it for you.
Our Lord Jesus finally did it. On the cross. He finally rested His head. He became you and you became Him. He became Sin. You became the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21.
Jesus is now seated. He no longer stands. The work is done. He is now at rest.
Let’s bow down and worship.
Celebrating Jesus and the wonderful Grace of God
By Simon Yap
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