When Jesus first appeared to the disciples after His resurrection, they did not realize it was the Lord until much later. The disciples moved from not knowing to knowing. What happened in between?
In today’s sermon, we focus on three important features of love, as found in 1 Corinthians 13.
The Lord is a God full of grace and fairness. But the Lord does not deal with us according to fairness. He deals with us according to grace.
If the Lord will deal with us according to fairness, then there is only death for all of us. Before we became believers, the Lord dealt with us according to grace, and after we become believers, the Lord continue to deal with us with grace. Before I knew the Lord, I truly deserved death, I have done many shameful deeds of darkness, thought many shameful thoughts, a true sinner who deserves death. After I became a believer, the more I deserved death. Just as I sinned unknowingly before, now, I sin knowingly. So, I deserve death through and through. Thankfully, the Lord doesn’t deal with us according to fairness, but instead deals with us according to His grace.
Matthew 11, verse 28 lets us know how to receive rest; verses 29-30 tells us how we can enjoy this rest. Receiving and enjoying rest are two different matters. Some people obtain but never enjoy rest. Jesus wants to give us rest and he wants us to enjoy rest.