We’ve all heard of it. We’ve all longed for it. That inner peace of mind, body, and spirit that we read so much about. That so many others PRETEND to have. We’ve been told our entire lives that this peace can be found within two letters…R&R…I’m talking about “Rest and Relaxation”.
But friend, this famous “Rest and Relaxation” that so many seek in the world, is elusive. How can someone “find” rest and relaxation, by actually resting and relaxing? If you could already “rest and relax”, why would you be searching for “rest and relaxation”? That would mean you already possess…within yourself…the ability to be “at peace”, simply by going on a vacation, or to a remote beach, somewhere. The truth is…without the Spirit of God within you…without Jesus Christ within you…you will NEVER “find” or “acquire” this peace you seek. Without Christ, the “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6), it is impossible to have TRUE PEACE…because not only is Jesus Christ the “Prince of Peace”…but He is also “The Truth” (John 14:6). He is both, TRUTH and PEACE.
In Isaiah 9:6 we read this about Jesus, “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 Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” This scripture from Isaiah is a testimony to the fact that Jesus Christ is, “ONE WITH” God the Father, and “ONE WITH” the Holy Spirit, as well. This scripture says, “To us a Son is given”. Jesus IS THE “SON”. It says He is called “Mighty God”. Jesus IS GOD. And He is also called “Everlasting Father”, which means Jesus IS ALSO ONE AND THE SAME WITH “God the Father”. The scripture also calls Jesus, “Wonderful Counselor”. The “Counselor” is a title name for the “HOLY SPIRIT”. So, we will conclude, and believe, that Jesus Christ IS THE “SON” OF GOD. Jesus Christ IS ONE WITH THE “EVERLASTING FATHER”. Jesus Christ IS “MIGHTY GOD”. And Jesus Christ IS ONE WITH THE “WONDERFUL COUNSELOR” (the Holy Spirit)! Can you get your head around all of that? To put it simply, Jesus Christ Himself, IS GOD ALMIGHTY…the Creator and sustainer of everything in this universe. The word of God says everything was created by, and for, and is sustained by, Jesus.
Jesus Himself stated, “I and the Father are One.” (John 10:30). Jesus also said to His Apostle Philip, “…Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father.” (John 14:9). And in regards to the Holy Spirit, Jesus said, “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever- the Spirit of Truth…” (John 14:16,17). And again, Jesus said, “When the Counselor comes, Whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth Who goes out from the Father, He will testify about Me…” (John 15:26).
Okay, are you ready to go deep here? This is what Jesus Christ is saying to all of us human beings…(I am paraphrasing here)…this is the meaning to what Jesus is saying to us…
”I, being the ‘Son of God’, as well as ‘The Spirit of Truth’, will send TO YOU (human beings), ‘The Counselor’, the ‘Spirit of Truth’…from Myself, Who is also God the Father, and this Spirit of Truth will live inside of you, and will continually testify to you, and to the world, of Me, that I Myself will be WITH you, and will be YOUR Spirit of Truth and your Spirit of Peace forever more…’the Peace’ that passes all human understanding (Phil 4:7). Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you (John 14:27). Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 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.’” (Matt 11:28,29).
This is WHAT, and WHO, I believe Jesus Christ IS, and what He is saying to all of us who will accept Him. He IS God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He is ONE. As has been said in the scriptures, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One.” (Deut 6:4). So, let’s forget about searching for “Rest and Relaxation” on our own. Forget about that beach or cruise, while searching for peace and rest. TRUE Rest, Peace, and Relaxation is not found in a “vacation”, BUT ONLY IN Jesus Christ…the Lord, Savior, Truth, Peace, and Light of the world!